Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 17 to 18
- Grade: 12
Adopted into a mixed family, thirteen-year-old Jacob Jollimore is having the worst summer of his life helping to care for an elderly Vietnamese woman that he ran into and injured while trying to escape a bully. Worse still, he’s Vietnamese. But a hundred-year old letter hidden in a bureau in the Edwardian hotel his parents are renovating sends him on a treasure hunt that will require him to think like Sherlock Holmes and just may prove to be everyone’s salvation.
About the author
Richard Levangie is an award-winning journalist with degrees in science, journalism, and an MFA in creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in enRoute, Endless Vacation, The Globe & Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and more than a dozen magazines. His middle-grade adventure, Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve, won the Atlantic writing competition for unpublished manuscripts and will be released by Nevermore Press in the fall of 2020. A former karate instructor, Richard is an associate technician at ResMed, a world leader in medical breathing devices. He lives in Halifax.
Excerpt: Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve (by (author) Richard Levangie)
“You coming with grandmère, kid?” asked the French guy, jerking his head towards the open ambulance doors.
The assumption was reasonable. Jacob was a thin, thirteen-year-old teenager who had been adopted from Vietnam as a baby. He might have been born in the same city as the old lady. They might even be related!
“He is not my grandson!” the old woman snapped in that strong voice.
The French guy looked at Mrs. Nguyen, then back at Jacob, his eyebrows raised. Mr. Weinstein smoothed things over. “The kid isn’t her relative,” he said, lowering his voice. “He accidentally knocked her down.”
The paramedic’s face went hard. “You stay here.”