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A Hitch at the Fairmont

by Jim Averbeck

An intrepid boy teams up with Alfred Hitchcock himself in this rollicking mystery rife with action, adventure, intrigue, and all the flavor of film noir.After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old Jack Fair is whisked away to San Francisco's...

An intrepid boy teams up with Alfred Hitchcock himself in this rollicking mystery rife with action, adventure, intrigue, and all the flavor of film noir.

After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old Jack Fair is whisked away to San Francisco's swanky Fairmont Hotel by his wicked Aunt Edith. There, he seems doomed to a life of fetching chocolates for his aunt and her pet chinchilla. Until one night, when Aunt Edith disappears, and the only clue is a ransom note written... in chocolate?

Suddenly, Jack finds himself all alone on a quest to discover who kidnapped Aunt Edith and what happened to his mother. Alone, that is, until he meets an unlikely accomplice: Alfred Hitchcock himself! The two embark on a madcap journey full of hidden doorways, secret societies, cryptic clues, sinister villains, and cinematic flair.

Suggested by Miss. Jill

Hardcover - 416 pages - $16.99
ISBN: 1442494476 (ISBN13: 9781442494473)
Published Jun 24, 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
First published 2014

requested by

Mrs. Cox (4th Grade Teacher)

at Clear Lake Elementary School, Eugene, OR

Here since Jul 23, 2015

Books received - 7

This year marks my 14th year in education. I started my career teaching 5th grade and then served as an elementary school principal. Prior to serving as 4th grade teacher, I worked with an international non-profit that provides teacher training. I have loved each part of my journey, but my heart is truly in the classroom. I love coming to school each day to help my students learn and grow!

why I requested this book

I want to add titles to the classroom library that are more appealing to boys. The girls seem to easily find titles that are of interest to them, but the boys...

I want to add titles to the classroom library that are more appealing to boys. The girls seem to easily find titles that are of interest to them, but the boys frequently report that 'there aren't any books for boys'.

the class

My students are eager to please and hard-workers. Our school serves a large population of high-poverty students, so having reading materials readily available...

My students are eager to please and hard-workers. Our school serves a large population of high-poverty students, so having reading materials readily available at school is particularly important.

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Thank you so very much for your donation! This book has become one of our most-loved titles in our classroom library. The kids love the mystery that unfolds centered around a kid about their age. Thank you!!