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A Hitch at the Fairmont Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Averbeck, Jim, Bertozzi, Nick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1442494484     ISBN-13: 9781442494480
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $8.99  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 2015
Annotation: When his aunt is kidnapped, an eleven-year-old boy staying at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel in 1956 tries to find her, with the help of Alfred Hitchcock.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mystery and detective stories.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013028921
Lexile Measure: 690
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.60" H x 5.10" W x 1.10" (0.28 lbs) 398 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 166972
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63403
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Jack Fair tries to find his missing aunt with the help of the famous director Alfred Hitchcock. Rife with allusions to Hitchcock's body of work (explained in the back matter), chapter-opening storyboard panels that foreshadow the action, and a wonderfully evoked 1950s San Francisco setting, this clever mystery is dogged by a leisurely paced plot.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 June)

Gr 5–8—In 1956 at the fabulous San Francisco Fairmont Hotel, 11-year-old Jack teams up with the famous movie director Alfred Hitchcock to uncover a plot involving drugged chocolates, mistaken identities, kidnapping, disguises, and close escapes. References to actual Hitchcock films and anecdotes abound throughout, in chapter headings, settings, and focused descriptions reminiscent of camera pan-ins. At one point, Averbeck even goes so far as to have the clever Jack create a scene in which Hitchcock makes a sort-of cameo appearance in costume, just as the real Hitchcock used to do in his films. Each chapter begins with a short storyboard of upcoming scenes. Although few of the intended readers for this book will have prior knowledge of the milieu, the pacing and length of scenes are right out of a 1950s Hitchcock film: slow and lingering on set pieces and build-up, broken with quick and cinematic action sequences. The back matter introduces many of the author's favorite Hitchcock films, as well as information about the real man and the real Fairmont Hotel. This is a fantastic introduction to the great filmmaker and to a 1950s sensibility of childhood and Hollywood. Unfortunately, its very nature as a long and slowly unravelling historical mystery will likely deter any but the most open-minded readers: try this with the Blue Balliett or Trenton Lee Stewart fan set.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC

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