Wretched Waterpark (The Sinister Summer Series #1) (Hardcover)

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Wretched Waterpark (The Sinister Summer Series #1) (Hardcover)


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"For anyone who loves A Series of Unfortunate Events, this series is for you! It follows three siblings who inexplicably end up vacationing with a strange aunt they didn’t know they had who leaves them unattended at the creepiest waterpark ever. Even for this spooky, victorian-gothic waterpark, something is wrong and it's the Sinister-Winterbottom siblings’ intention to figure it out. While Wretched Waterpark is obviously a little spooky and a lot mysterious, it also has a dry humor that’ll get you when you least expect it. I’m already so attached to these characters and know they’re going to get into some great trouble in the second book in the series, Vampiric Vacation."--Reviewed by Vanessa

"Need a spooky summer read? Look no further than the first book in Kiersten White’s new middle grade series!  The Sinister-Winterbottom children, twins Theo and Alexander live with their older sister Wil and eccentric Aunt Saffronia. When Saffronia recommends visiting the Fathoms of Fun Waterpark, the children discover creepy gargoyles, suspicious employees, and goo in the pool. As people start to disappear, it’s up to Theo and Alexander to investigate. This is for the child who loves A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Mysterious Benedict Society."--Reviewed by Cristina 

A middle-grade mystery series that's spooky, creepy, and filled with gothic twists! Meet the Sinister-Winterbottom twins, who solve mysteries at increasingly bizarre summer vacation destinations in the hopes of being reunited with their parents—or at the very least finally finding a good churro.

“An absolute delight. If I have to die in a waterpark, I want to die in this one.”Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Cruel Prince

"Wickedly weird. . . . Will appeal to anyone who loved A Series of Unfortunate Events." The New York Times

Meet the Sinister-Winterbottoms: brave Theo, her timid twin, Alexander, and their older sister, Wil. They’re stuck for the summer with their Aunt Saffronia, who doesn’t know how often children need to eat and can’t use a smartphone, and whose feet never quite seem to touch the floor when she glides—er—walks.

When Aunt Saffronia suggests a week pass to the Fathoms of Fun Waterpark, they hastily agree. But the park is even stranger than Aunt Saffronia. The waterslides look like gray gargoyle tongues. The employees wear creepy black dresses and deliver ominous messages. An impossible figure is at the top of the slide tower, people are disappearing, and suspicious goo is seeping into the wave pool.

Something mysterious is happening at Fathoms of Fun, and it’s up to the twins to get to the bottom of it. The mystery, that is. NOT the wave pool. Definitely NOT the wave pool. But are Theo and Alexander out of their depth?
Kiersten White has never been a lifeguard, camp counselor, or spa masseuse, but she is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Wretched Waterpark, the first book in the Sinister Summer series, and Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales. She lives with her family near the beach and keeps all her secrets safely buried in her backyard, where they are guarded by a ferocious tortoise named Kimberly.

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Product Details ISBN: 9780593379042
ISBN-10: 0593379047
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: The Sinister Summer Series
Praise for Wretched Waterpark:

A JLG selection!

“Like a big waterslide that you scream all the way down, only to laugh in relief and get right back on, this book is gothically hilarious and an absolute delight. If I have to die in a waterpark, I want to die in this one.”--Holly Black, #1 NYT-bestselling author of The Folk of the Air series

"If you like stories about mostly perfectly nice children in imperfectly spooky situations, you’ll adore Kiersten White’s Wretched Waterpark! It's both give-you-the-chills-creepy and laugh-in-a-room-by-yourself-funny. Full of heart and bravery and the most wonderful weirdness."--Lora Senf, author of The Clackity

"A timeless and charming romp of mysterious gothic delight for fans of Neil Gaiman, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Hotel Transylvania. I want to live in this world!"--Delilah S. Dawson, NYT bestselling author of the Minecraft Mob Squad series and Mine

"Everything I want in a creepy middle grade book: wonderfully odd characters, mystery and humor, a murderous gothic waterpark. Dangerously delightful.”--Jacqueline West, NYT-bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere and Long Lost

"The creepy gothic setting, the relationships between the siblings, the cast of unusual characters, and the teasers that this episode is just one part of a much larger puzzle will keep readers hooked. Young goths will be all-in for the trippy mysteries."--Kirkus Reviews

"Packed with wordplay and mock-gothic mystery, this first title in the Sinister Summer series is perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Edward Gorey and Roald Dahl."--Shelf Awareness

"Readers who enjoy quirky mysteries will fall in love with the clever and relatable Sinister-Winterbottom twins, who will solve the mystery before their aunt shuffles them off to their next adventure."--Booklist

"Gleefully macabre."--PW

"Witty prose, droll humor, literary allusions, and unexpected details make this a delightfully middle grade Gothic read."--The Bulletin