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Dewey Diva Fall 2022

Murder at the Hotel Hopeless
By (author): John Lekich
John Lekich


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Aug 16, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.31 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

128 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense / Crime
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Crime and mystery fiction|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Humorous stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Interest age: from c 12 years|For reluctant or struggling readers (children / teenagers)|Relating to adolescence / teenage years
  • Short Description
In this high-interest accessible novel for teen readers, an unlikely duo try to solve the murder of an international jewel thief.
Charlie knows it wasn't an accident.

Charlie Hope was not expecting to spend his summer trying to solve a murder.

Helping his mother run the family hotel doesn’t usually offer much excitement. The only other people around are Penny Price, a spoiled child actor and star of the hit TV series Little Miss Murder being shot in town, and Mr. Ignato, an elderly resident at the hotel. When Mr. Ignato dies from a fall down the stairs, Charlie suspects foul play. Nobody believes him except for Penny, who jumps at the chance to solve a real murder. The two of them discover that Mr. Ignato was once a famous international jewel thief who stole a million-dollar diamond that was never recovered. Is Mr. Ignato’s criminal past related to his untimely death? And can Charlie and Penny prove that it wasn’t an accident?

Key Selling Points

  • A teenage boy investigates the possible murder of a hotel resident and the theft of a valuable diamond.
  • This book explores the themes of identity and unlikely friendships.
  • A comedic mystery told in first person from the perspective of a teenage boy.
  • Enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

John Lekich is an award-winning journalist, essayist and author whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times and the Globe and Mail. He is the author of several novels for young adult readers, including The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls, King of the Lost and Found and The Losers’ Club, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. John lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“John Lekich has written a fast-paced murder mystery that’s suspenseful, heartwarming and wonderfully funny. Do yourself a favor and book a reservation at the Hotel Hopeless. Once you’ve checked in, you’ll never want to leave.” - Mark Leiren-Young, author of the Leacock Award for Humour winner Never Shoot a Stampede Queen

“A lightweight whodunit...Tailor-made for reluctant readers who prefer their noir on the lighter side.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A fun adventure with all of the twists and plot turns of a larger story. Lekich does well balancing a tale about two unlikely teenage friends trying to solve a mystery in an adult world…A great read for anyone that is looking for a story that checks all the boxes and has all of the loose ends tied up. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A comedic hi-lo cozy mystery.” - School Library Journal

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