Trapped in Room 217

illus. by Maggie Ivy. 136p. (Haunted States of America). North Star Editions. Sept. 2018. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781631632167.
Gr 3–6—When Jayla's father whisks her and her brother Dion off on an unexpected trip to Colorado for a work commitment, they expect a fairly dull week stuck roaming around a hotel that doesn't even offer an indoor pool. What Jayla doesn't bargain for is that the hotel her father has chosen is the famed Stanley Hotel, known for its resident ghosts—and that the room they've booked is none other than number 217, popular with ghost watchers for its haunted reputation. Their first night there, Jayla and Dion are woken by a sudden chill in the air and the appearance of Elizabeth, a hotel maid who lights a lamp that no longer exists and leans down to pick up an unidentified object on the floor near the bed. After this action is repeated on multiple nights, Jayla decides to free Elizabeth from the confines of the hotel, an action that brings about disastrous results. Part of a compelling new series about "real" haunted locations across the United States, this installment is an entertaining ghost story, delivering just the right amount of chills.
VERDICT Fans of Lauren Tarshis's "I Survived" series will quickly flock to this high interest, accessible thriller.

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