October 5

withering  Hotel Majestic sits high on a cliff above the small coastal town of Withering by Sea.  The damp, dingy hotel is run by the three dreadful aunts of Stella Montgomery, an eleven year old orphan, who also lives in the hotel.  Life is uneventful for Stella, until one night when she is tempted to be somewhere in the hotel she shouldn’t be, and sees something she shouldn’t see.  This begins a wonderful and dangerous course of events which gives Stella more excitement than she ever dreamed possible.  I loved reading this Victorian fantasy adventure  written by Judith Rossell  which is the first in a new series.  Awards currently attributed to this book include:

  • Winner, Indie Award, Children’s and YA, 2015
  • Winner, ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, 2015
  • Winner, Davitt Award, Best Children’s Crime Novel, 2015
  • Honour Book, CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2015
  • Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards, Children’s Book, 2014