Midnight at the Houdini (Hardcover)

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(Young Adult Fiction)


A girl discovers a surreal hotel where no one ever leaves. When the clock strikes midnight, she'll be trapped there forever unless she's able to break free from magic that in turn breaks all her rules. Perfect for fans of Caraval and The Starless Sea!

Life has gone according to plan for Anna—she stays in the background, letting her sister, Emily, shine in the spotlight. But on Emily’s wedding night, Anna learns that her sister is moving away, abandoning her—and all their shared dreams. Devastated, Anna leaves the reception in the middle of a raging storm, taking shelter in a hotel she’s never seen before: the Houdini.

The Houdini is a hotel unlike any other, with sumptuous velvet couches, marble tiled floors, secret restaurants, winding passageways, and an undercurrent of magic in the air. And when Anna meets Max, who has lived his entire life inside its walls, she’s captivated. For the first time in her life, Anna is center stage, in a place that anticipates her every desire, with a boy who only has eyes for her.

But there’s a terrifying secret hidden in the Houdini. When the clock strikes midnight, Anna will be trapped there forever unless she can find a way to break free from its dreamlike magic. But will she be able to do it if it means leaving Max behind?

Enchanting, mysterious, and utterly fantastic, Midnight at the Houdini will cast its spell on you.

About the Author

Delilah S. Dawson thought she would be a visual artist, but she somehow ended up a writer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Mine, Camp Scare, Star Wars: Phasma, and seventeen other books for kids, teens, and adults, as well as the comics Ladycastle, Sparrowhawk, and Star Pig. She loves gluten-free cake, adventures, the beach, Disney World, Star Wars, and vintage My Little Pony. She lives in Atlanta with her family. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @DelilahSDawson or visit her online at whimsydark.com.

Praise For…

Praise for Midnight at the Houdini:

“A dazzling adventure you don’t want to miss. Midnight at the Houdini has magic, mystery, twists, and an enchanting world you’ll want to get trapped in. I was bewitched from the first page—the story kept me guessing until the very end. Delilah S. Dawson’s propulsive writing makes it impossible to put down.”—Alex Aster, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lightlark

A decadent feast for the imagination that had me racing through the pages. Step into the Houdini but beware: this hotel will have you enthralled!”—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Roots and Ruin

"Mesmerizing, magical, and utterly romantic. Dawson whisks away readers to a glittering, secret world populated by very real and lovingly crafted characters—including the Houdini itself. I absolutely enjoyed it!"—Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately

"Lush details will engross readers: While Anna is trying leave the Houdini, readers might not want to. Surreal and mysterious."—Kirkus Reviews

"Employing evocative prose teeming with literary and pop culture nods and myriad enchanted elements, Dawson presents a dreamlike adventure driven by a fierce and vulnerable protagonist."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593486795
ISBN-10: 059348679X
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English