Patrick Carman

Patrick Carman grew up in Salem, Oregon. After graduating from Willamette University, he worked in advertising, game design and technology, but he has been a lifelong writer and storyteller. His bestselling series work includes The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek.

When he isn’t writing, Patrick spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading and (more than anything else) spending time with his wife and two daughters.

His latest book, Floors, was published by Chicken House in the UK in January 2012.


There's no place on earth like the Whippet Hotel.

Every floor has its surprises and secrets. Guests are either mad or mysterious. And there are ducks everywhere.

If anyone knows the Whippet, it's Leo, the caretaker's son.

But when four strange boxes lead him to floors that he never knew existed, he realises something extraordinary is going on.