Author(s): Kage Baker
This title is suitable for children of ages 12 years and over. Appealing to boys and girls alike, this beguiling adventure explores classic fantasy themes from a unique young heroine's perspective. Nine-year-old Emma loses everything she has in a fearsome storm and finds herself alone in the wilderness of the Dunes - an area desolate since the mysterious disappearance of a resort known as the Grand Wenlocke. Finding a friend in Winston, the ghostly bellboy who wanders the Dunes, Emma learns that it has been more than 100 years since the hotel with an unsavoury reputation vanished; but, unbeknownst to either of them, the long slumbering resort has just begun to stir. Allying herself with a motley crew of companions - the ghost bellboy, a kind-hearted cook, a pirate with a heart of gold, and the imperious young heir to the Wenlocke fortune - Emma soon learns that things are not always as lost as they seem, especially if you have a brave heart and good friends.