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The Inn Between

by (author) Marina Cohen

Square Fish
Initial publish date
Feb 2017
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


The Inn Between by Marina Cohen is a deliciously creepy horror story for middle-grade readers that is as smart as it is full of heart.
11-year old Quinn has had some bad experiences lately. She was caught cheating in school, and then one day, her little sister Emma disappeared while walking home from school. She never returned.
When Quinn's best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. They stop over at the first hotel they see, a Victorian inn that instantly gives Quinn the creeps, and she begins to notice strange things happening around them. When Kara's parents, and then brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lucking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara's family before it's too late?

About the author

Marina Cohen is an elementary school teacher in the York Region District School Board. She has been nominated for the Sunburst, Red Maple Award, Rocky Mountain Book Award, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, and been an OLA Best Bet, JGL selection, and Amazon Book of the Month. She is the author of Chasing the White Witch, Ghost Ride, and Mind Gap. She lives in Markham, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"Cohen’s emotionally gripping tale perfectly captures the essences of friendship and sibling love. Readers looking for a mystery with heart, humor, and hairy moments will be captivated." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This middle-grade supernatural story functions well as horror for beginners and a clever concept for fans of imaginative fiction. " —The Bulletin
"For readers who enjoy being scared silly, this will fit the bill while also providing them with a thought-provoking ending."—Booklist

User Reviews

Creepy scenes and scary characters

A cleverly written book about the power of friendship, love and death. This is a dark book for children, with creepy scenes and scary characters. The friendship between Quin and Kara is strong and made stronger by the sudden disappearance of Quin´s sister Emma. The guilt Quin feels is very real, in sharp contrast to the surreal surroundings well described by the author. As other people start to disappear, things get weirder and weirder. The Inn Between is a page turner and will most likely keep some readers up at night.

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