A true home

K. 1983- George

Book - 2017

Mona the mouse is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort.

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George, K. (Kallie), 1983- Heartwood Hotel ; bk. 1.
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group 2017.
First hardcover edition
Physical Description
162 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Main Author
K. 1983- George (author)
Other Authors
Stephanie Graegin (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Washed out of her tree stump by a fierce storm, Mona the mouse is serendipitously deposited at the hidden door of the Heartwood Hotel, a sanctuary and getaway for woodland creatures. The kindly proprietor offers the penniless mouse room and board if she's willing to work as a maid. Mona is thrilled by the prospect and the way the Heartwood's animals live peacefully together. The Heartwood soon begins to feel like home, despite another maid's prickly demeanor, and Mona shows herself to be brave and resourceful. One night, a pack of wolves invades the forest, intent on attacking the Heartwood, and it takes all of Mona's courage to devise a plan that will keep her new home and friends safe. This warm series starter is easy to love, and it will make a great addition to early chapter-book collections. The endearing black-and-white illustrations and smooth writing will help kids read with confidence, while the mild suspense and gentle characters will capture their attention. Mona's second adventure, The Greatest Gift, publishes simultaneously. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Seeking shelter in a storm, a mouse named Mona stumbles on the Heartwood Hotel, a swanky getaway for woodland animals located within a tree, then gets hired as a maid. In this compassionate and comforting first book in the Heartwood Hotel series, George (the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series) introduces a supremely cozy setting in the hideaway hotel and a well-developed cast of staffers and guests. Mona's innate kindness goes a long way at an establishment whose motto is "We live by ‘protect and respect,' not by ‘tooth and claw.' " Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7–10. Author's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (July) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Stumbling across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel during a storm, Mona the mouse desperately hopes that she will be allowed to stay and happily accepts a maid's job attending a range of animal visitors who find safety, luxury and comfort at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest. Simultaneous. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Courage, kindness, and adventure abounds in this charming, illustrated chapter book series about a mouse discovering the true meaning of home.  When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn soufflés and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it approaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home. These heartwarming stories will delight newly independent readers and send them scurrying for the second book in the series, The Greatest Gift.