The Hotel Under the Sand
by Kage Baker
Trade paperback / 192 pp. / July 2009 / 978-1-892391-89-6
Cover art and design by Ann Monn
Interior illustations by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Interior design by John Coulthart
Nine-year-old Emma is lost at sea in a terrible storm. She awakens on a desolate island, frightened and lonely. Yet brave, quick-witted Emma will not be alone for long, as the ghost of a bellboy appears with the tragic tale of the Grand Wenlocke.
Praise for The Hotel Under the Sand
Over a century ago, a brilliant inventor built a splendid Victorian resort, the Grand Wenlocke. The hotel was powered by a Difference Engine, a miraculous device that could slow down time (making your vacation just as long as you'd like). But just before it was scheduled to open, the Grand Wenlocke mysteriously sank under the sand. Now the storm that brought Emma to the island has awakened the hotel, perfectly preserved and as incredible as ever.
While exploring the magical hotel, Emma encounters a kind-hearted cook and her faithful little dog, a seemingly-fearsome pirate captain, and the imperious young heir to the Wenlocke fortune (should it ever be recovered). Adventure, friendship, peril, and perhaps even treasure - all these and more await Emma - at the hotel under the sand.
"Wow! I read The Hotel Under the Sand with delight and joy. It's wonderful, wacky and spooky and serious and FUN. It also strikes me as utterly original (which is quite rare). In fact - although this is something one should always say with some caution - it wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to be a classic and went on down the ages along with Alice and Oz and the very few others that have become immortal."
-Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl's Moving Castle
"Kage Baker's The Hotel Under the Sand will grab you on Page One and never let you go until you finish reading and beg for more. Young Emma is exactly the kind of little girl I wish I'd had for a sister, and would love to have for a daughter. She's smart, brave, and good. Her adventures are wonderful, her companions are amazing, and The Hotel Under the Sand will send you back to the bookshop to search for every Kage Baker book you can find."
-Richard A. Lupoff, author of Marblehead
"I read it all in one sitting, enjoying the characters and the well-crafted plot very much, and want to read it soon to my granddaughters. Kage Baker used the fantasy structure with a light touch, reassuring but exciting, and the Wenlocke itself is a wonderful creation. Baker writes well without writing down to her young audience, in fact, she invites them to stretch and reach."
-Cecilia Holland, author of Until the Sun Falls
"...charming...Baker's first book for younger readers is a delight."
"Kage Baker is already well-known among adult readers for her
science fiction series The Company, but her new children's book The Hotel
Under the Sand is bound to win her plenty of new readers among the younger
-Amazon (Omnivoracious book blog)
"Refreshingly original... Although Baker is an established author of science fiction and fantasy for adults, this novel is written so naturally that it is difficult to believe
it is her debut for younger readers."
-VOYA library journal
"There are few books that I immediately want to press into the hands of other readers the instant I turn the last page. My copy of Hotel will be one that I hand to my daughter in a few years. First, however, I'm going to force it on everybody I know."
"It's exciting to come upon a book that serves not only as a great story to share with your kids, but one that has some undeniably unusual -
and geeky - features."
"...a strangely delightful story."
"The Hotel Under the Sand is the kind of book that you resolve to send to your nieces and nephews even before you have finished the first page."
-Reading the Leaves
"I just wanted more!"
-Fantasy Book Critic
Praise for Kage Baker
"She's an edgy, funny, complex, ambitious writer with the mysterious, true gift of story-telling."
-Ursula K. Le Guin, author of A Wizard of Earthsea
"Her style is infused with a subtle humor that had me chuckling...She kept turning me in directions that I hadn't expected."
-Anne McCaffrey, author of Dragonsinger and Dragonsong
"Eccentric and often very funny...Baker piles on such delights for anyone who wants more from fantasy than an epic journey to battle evil."
Praise for The Company Series
"A fresh, audacious, ambitious new voice, wry, jazzy, irreverent, sharp as a razor, full of daring, dash and elan, sometimes surprisingly lyrical. She is also one hell of a storyteller. If you're reading something by Kage Baker, fasten your seat belt - you're in for a wild ride."
-Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction
"An unusual mix of mortals, all-too-fallible immortals, a generous dollop of antic wit..."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Ms. Baker is the best thing to happen to modern science fiction since Connie Willis or Dan Simmons. She mixes adventure, history and societal concerns in just the right amount, creating an action-packed but thoughtful read."
"Historical detail and fast-paced action with a good dose of ironic wit and a dollop of bittersweet romance."
"If there's a better time-travel series out there, go find it."
-Kirkus, starred review
"Listen closely, and perhaps you will hear the collective sigh of delight from intelligent lovers of fantasy the world over."
"Wise, sad, sometimes wildly funny - no Company fan will want to miss Baker's rousing, astonishing conclusion."
-Kirkus, starred review