Mike Nicholson


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  • A spooky adventure full of things that go bump in the night
  • Will Rory become the latest victim of the creepy Hotel Grimm?
  • A humorous adventure story full of unexpected twists and turns from the prize-winning author of Catscape

Eleven-year-old Rory is unexpectedly invited to create a new image for the hulking grey hotel which looms over his home town. Refusal is not an option, but all is not as it seems.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
256 pages
Publication date:
20 Mar 2014


If you have the misfortune to spend a night at Hotel Grimm, it may be the last one you spend anywhere! Or so the residents of Aberfintry believe. From its vantage point high above the town, the hotel has long been the source of dead guests and terrifying stories.

When eleven-year-old Rory McKenna becomes an overnight advertising sensation for a brand of Cola, Hotel Grimm's mysterious owner, Granville Grimm, presents Rory with the task of giving his hotel a new image. Refusal is not an option...

Can Rory triumph again, or will he become Hotel Grimm's next victim? Full of unexpected twists and turns, surprising allies and things that go bump in the night, Rory's life is about to get very complicated.

Set in the fictional town of Aberfintry, located roughly in Scotland's Trossachs region, this is a humorous adventure story from the prize-winning author of Catscape.


'A classic story of a haunted hotel with a modern twist ... his tale is frightening and intriguing, but with a humorous side.'
-- Hazel Mollison, Edinburgh Evening News

'This is a tale full of mystery and fun ... accomplished readers will enjoy it.'
-- Armadillo Magazine

'There are many dark mysteries to be solved and intriguing, dismal avenues to explore, but all are connected by a thread of humour that lifts the suspense and prevents young readers from suffering bad dreams after reading about the haunted hotel.'
-- Jayne Howarth, Carousel

'A humorous adventure story to delight younger readers.'
-- The Scots Magazine

'A splendidly complex puzzle with grand characters hovering between fantasy and reality but with feet firmly rooted in relationships and loyalties makes for a good read for both boys and girls.'
-- Chris Brown, School Librarian Journal

'I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really liked Rory and... I also enjoyed how the story turned into a mystery which Rory had to get to the bottom of.'
-- Megan, Leith Academy, Teen Titles Magazine


Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize 2005 for new Scottish writing for children with his first novel for children, Catscape. He's also the author of two Scottish picture books for children, Thistle Street and Thistle Sands. He lives in Edinburgh.


Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.

Download or print a free Teacher's Guide for this book:
Grimm Teacher's Guide


Another brilliant story by Mike Nicholson:
Catscape (winner of the Kelpies Prize)

Mike Nicholson has also written a fab picture book for children aged 3+:
Thistle Street: a braw Scots story for bairns!

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