My Kids Love the New Heartwood Hotel Chapter Book Series

Book Review, Chapter Books, Middle Grade
Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. | Chapter book series about an orphan mouse finding a home and friendship at a hotel for rodents. | Chapter books for kids ages 7-10 | Super cute chapter books about animals | Chapter books for girls | Middle grade novels for 8 year olds | Books for 9 year olds | books for kids to read | Books with animal characters. | batchofbooks.com

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The Heartwood Hotel Series by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Age Range: 7 – 10 years | Grade Level: 2 – 5 | Series: Heartwood Hotel | Hardcover: 176 pages | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 3, 2017)

 

I can’t wait to tell you about the CUTEST new chapter book series!

My two older girls and I all read the first two books in the Heartwood Hotel series by Kallie George and these books are ADORABLE.

When I was a kid, I wrote stories constantly. And guess what my main character always was? A mouse. So, I’m not surprised that this series hit all my soft spots. Even though it’s modern and will appeal to modern children, it has that warm, throwback feel I remember from the books I read as a child.

These two books brought back so many happy memories of reading Old Mother West Wind,  The Wind in the Willows, and writing my own stories.

In all honesty, I fell hard in love with this series. These are happy, feel-good books that warm you from the inside out.

When the ARC from the publisher arrived in the mail, my seven-year-old snatched it from my hands and disappeared. She devoured the first book, A True Home) within a few days.

Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. | Chapter book series about an orphan mouse finding a home and friendship at a hotel for rodents. | Chapter books for kids ages 7-10 | Super cute chapter books about animals | Chapter books for girls | Middle grade novels for 8 year olds | Books for 9 year olds | books for kids to read | Books with animal characters. | batchofbooks.com

The best part is that after she finished reading the books, I “borrowed” it from her and read them myself. We’ve been discussing the characters and how cute the stories are. Now, my nine-year-old says she needs to read them too.

 

What is Heartwood Hotel About?

The Heartwood Hotel series is about an orphaned mouse named Mona who, during a big rainstorm, finds herself washed up in front of a secret hotel for forest animals. The owner of the hotel takes pity on her and offers her a job at the hotel.

Not everyone is happy to have Mona at the hotel, however, and she struggles to find her place there. But even the smallest creature can make a big difference. Mona’s determination and intelligence show through as she solves problems that come her way.

 

What Miss A (7-year-old) Thought of A True Home (Book 1)

Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. | Chapter book series about an orphan mouse finding a home and friendship at a hotel for rodents. | Chapter books for kids ages 7-10 | Super cute chapter books about animals | Chapter books for girls | Middle grade novels for 8 year olds | Books for 9 year olds | books for kids to read | Books with animal characters. | batchofbooks.comHeartwood Hotel: A True Home is about a little mouse who finds the Heartwood Hotel and she gets to work there. She stayed there for a day but she had to help Tilly, who is a squirrel, clean up the ballroom. Mona the mouse was wondering what the key was for. All the people that worked at the hotel had a key.

I like animals. I thought the story was great. It was fun to read. I had to keep on reading it every day because it was so good. I thought that Mona was nice. She was friendly, and she lost her parents just like Tilly the squirrel. Mona and Tilly are friends, and Mona is also friends with Ms. Prickles. She works in the kitchen. She’s a porcupine.

I thought it was interesting because Mona’s parents named the hotel. And on her suitcase is a heart and she saw hearts in the hotel that looked like the one on her suitcase.

I think seven-year-olds would like this book because I liked it a lot. It made me feel kind of sad, and then a little happy, and then kind of sad again. I like the way it ended, like someone would expect the story to keep on going. I haven’t started to read the next book yet, but I’m excited to read it.

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What I Thought of The Greatest Gift (Book 2)

The Greatest Gift picks up just after A True Home ends, and the animals are getting ready for winter and hibernation. Winter is usually slow and kind of boring at the hotel. But this year is anything but sleepy. A picky duchess checks into the hotel, Mona learns about gift-giving, and the animals notice their food stores mysteriously disappearing.

I love Mona’s tenacity. She’s a strong, smart, brave little mouse who tries her best at everything. She’s a self-starter and even though she tries to keep the peace with everyone, she isn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands. When there’s trouble, you can count on Mona to think of a solution. She has a big heart and a brave soul and she’ll do whatever it takes to rescue her friends.

These books illustrate the message that the people around you are what matter most—your family and friends. They are about kindness, friendship, and withholding judgment. I also liked the subtle theme of not underestimating someone because they are small or different.

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Giveaway!

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Follow the Tour

HEARTWOOD HOTEL official tour

Check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews and interviews with the author!

Week One:

6/26/2017- YA Book Nerd– Author Post

6/27/2017- Seraphina Reads– Review

6/28/2017- Just Commonly– Review

6/29/2017- BookHounds YA– Author Post

6/30/2017- Once Upon a Twilight Review

 

Week Two:

7/3/2017- Mundie Kids– Review

7/4/2017- Word Spelunking– Author Post

7/5/2017- Mommy Ramblings– Review

7/6/2017- Batch of Books– Review

7/7/2017- Between the Cracks of Here and There– Author Post

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Nancy
    July 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    This looks like a fun new series for young readers.

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    Dedezoomsalot (@DedeZoomsalot)
    July 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I saw this book on a few other blogs but passed up the posts because I thought it was a picture book. Your title caught my attention because my son is into chapter books right now. This might be something we could enjoy together. Also, many of my 6th grade students like books that are a little simpler to read, so this would be a good option for my classroom bookshelf.
    Dianna

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      July 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      I hadn’t even thought of older kids looking for simpler books, but this series would be perfect for that. Each book is about 165 pages long, and there are quite a few illustrations. Great idea!

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    Sabrina Templin
    July 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This reminds me of books I loved as a child. I forget the name of the series Woodwind or something or other but I loved those books. Read them all. And inherited them all. I just have them packed away stil form my move and can’t remember the name. Woodland animals though and cute stories.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      July 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Aw, don’t you love finding books that make you nostalgic? That series sounds cute. I’ve always loved woodland animal stories.

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