The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel
The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel
The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel
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" The True Secrets of the Greaser HotelThe Greaser Hotel is an eyesore even by eyesores’ standards. A long forgotten place, it sits dilapidated and mostly vacant amid a sea of Baltimore vacancies. But this building, this former lap of luxury, is much more than it appears. The Greaser Hotel is a place of magic and of secrets peopled by masters of secret-keeping. And soon, for one kidnapped little girl―Allie to her friends and Allie Rat to her kidnappers― it’s about to become a place of the past.In a world of deep friendships, powerful magic, wicked deceptions, and devilish crime, a young girl must fight for her freedom and wrestle with the frightening truths of her past.Early Praise for a Very Special Book""The Mystery of the Greaser Hotel is an Industrial-Gothic fantasy thriller that kept me turning pages late into the night. J. Scott Fuqua’s finely-drawn pencil illustrations capture his characters and the setting with creepiness and élan.""? PAUL O. ZELINSKY, WORLD FAMOUS AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, RECEIVED THE CALDECOTT MEDAL FOR RAPUNZEL, AND CALDECOTT HONORS FOR: HANSEL AND GRETEL, RUMPELSTILTSKIN, AND SWAMP ANGEL“When evil commerce, dangerous magic, and shape-shifting felines converge, readers have the determined and dedicated guidance of the heroine, Miss Allie Argos, to take them on a heart-stopping adventure to right the wrongs long forgotten by many. Mr. Fuqua’s dark, edgy, yet delightfully whimsical pencil and ink drawings, spread liberally throughout the book, not only compliment this story, but are accompanied by moments of levity and humor during some of the story’s darker, more troubling situations. You'll be rooting for Allie (a terrific cross between little Orphan Annie and Katniss Everdeen) and her colorful assortment of heroes from page one right on through the sequel, which I’m very much looking forward to!”?DAVID L. PATERSON, AWARD-WINNING SCREENWRITER OF BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA; LOVE, LUDLOW; OPEN AIR; AND THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS (COMING SOON)About the AuthorJ. Scott Fuqua is the author of four multi award-winning young adult novels (The Reappearance of Sam Webber, Darby, The Willoughby Spit Wonder, and King of the Pygmies). He has also written two highly acclaimed literary novels (In the Wake of the Boatman, and Gone and Back Again) and the award-winning graphic novel In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe.He’s penned and illustrated a children’s book on the history of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. For elementary students, he wrote the graphic chapter book Catie and Josephine.His most recent children’s book, Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore, was the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival Selection for Maryland as well as Maryland’s Center for the Book’s 2013 Selection for kids, and has been written into the Maryland State elementary school social studies curriculum.Born in Germany, Scott grew up and went to college in Virginia (College of William & Mary) before moving to Baltimore, MD as an adult, and has been here ever since, living with his wife and two children. He teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), including his new specialty, Illustrated Narratives.

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  • Adventure

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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In The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel, a teenager who goes by the name, Allie, lives a rough and crazy life with the Friendly’s, who are the exact opposite of friendly. While the sons are grotesque and scheming, the mother of the boys is twisted and just plain scary. Luckily, Allie makes friends, including a talking cat named Jerome, while staying in this eerie hotel. Other acquaintances are Midge Darlington and Arnold Armstrong, who are just as desperate as Allie to escape from this prison.

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Allie has been a prisoner of the Greaser Hotel and the Friendly's since she was six years old. Every day she is abused as she cleans rooms and serves food. Her only friends are the other prisoners and a mysterious talking cat called Jerome, who brings stories of the outside world, where strange things like shopping malls and having more than one dress exist. Little does Allie know her life is about become more interesting.

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The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel is a book about Allie Argos and her miserable life in the Greaser Hotel.  Allie knows little about her past before she came to the Greaser Hotel.  Allie has been trapped in the Greaser Hotel for over 9 years.  All she knows is backbreaking labor under the cruel watch of  Mrs. Friendly.   When a chance to escape arises, Allie takes it, but at a cost. She has to leave her fellow slaves/friends.

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