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The Secret Box

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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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 297 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 204.12g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062216147
  • 9780062216144
  • 1,138,120

Review quote

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"
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Back cover copy

It looked like an ordinary package.

On her twelfth birthday, Jax Malone receives a surprise gift from her great-aunt Juniper: a mysterious locked box that will only open in one location. If Jax's mom hadn't freaked out and tried to return it, Jax wouldn't have paid much attention. She would have assumed it was just another boring present to add to the most boring, un-magical birthday ever.

Instead, Jax decides she must open the box--whatever it takes. So she recruits her reluctant cousin Ethan and together they trick Ethan's obnoxious older brother, Tyler, into helping them find the site where the box will open.

But what starts as a fun adventure quickly turns crazy, even dangerous, when Jax, Ethan, and Tyler discover themselves at the center of a mysterious family legacy--and learn that the box was not intended as a gift, but as a call for help. . . .
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Rating details

406 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 24% (98)
4 36% (146)
3 29% (118)
2 7% (29)
1 4% (15)
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