The Secret Box by Whitaker Ringwald
  

Synopsis

The Secret Box by Whitaker Ringwald

The Secret Box is a Junior Library Guild selection and the first in an irresistible middle grade series that will delight fans of Dan Gutman, Wendy Mass, and Trenton Lee Stewart. What starts as a fun quest to open a mysterious birthday present quickly turns crazy and dangerous when Jax and her cousin Ethan discover themselves at the center of a special magical legacy. Soon they realize the secret box was not intended as a gift, but as call for help that they alone can answer. Readers will love the page-turning mystery, hilarious girl and boy narrators, and clever incorporation of mythology-and lingering questions will leave them eager for more.

Reviews

This mystery unfolds before your eyes in a series of cliffhangers that build up to a blow-your-mind ending. Wanting to know the secret kept me turning the pages. -- Dan Gutman, New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series Never mind the mystery, suspense, and humor-what I loved most about The Secret Box was getting into the heads of its two unique and delightfully quirky narrators. -- Christopher Healy, author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Fresh voices make this story a winner. Readers will relish this sparkling adventure, which offers plenty of action, humor, age-appropriate danger and mental calisthenics. -- Kirkus Reviews This is a great read for reluctant readers or for anyone who loves adventure, mystery, or a touch of magic. -- School Library Journal This is a promising launch to a planned trilogy. Mixing Greek mythology and mystery with gamer lingo and poignant coming-of-age moments, Ringwald delivers a smart balance of comedy, endearing characters, and high-stakes escapades. -- Publishers Weekly The first-person narrative alternates among the protagonists: frizzy-haired Jax, the impulsive leader; introverted Ethan, always her sidekick; and his obnoxious video game-making older brother, Tyler. The action is fast-paced and the suspense is real. -- Booklist

About the Author

Before becoming an author, Whitaker Ringwald was certified as World's Greatest Snowball Maker and developed a nonstick peanut butter formula in conjunction with lauded Ig Nobel scientists. Whitaker spends six months of every year in a deep sea submersible trying to film live footage of giant squids. But giant squids are hard to come by, so that's where Whitaker gets a lot of writing done.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 8

Author

Whitaker Ringwald
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Publisher

Katherine Tegen Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc

Publication date

26th March 2015

ISBN

9780062216151


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