The Box and the Dragonfly (The Keepers #1)
From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus - literally a sign with his name on it - everything in his normal little life changes. An encounter with the House of Answers, a magically hidden warehouse full of mysterious objects and even stranger people, only leads to more questions. These people think he's special - a Keeper of an incredible gift - although scientifically-minded Horace isn't so sure he really believes in that kind of thing. But then a confrontation with an impossibly tall, thin, creepy and undoubtedly menacing man makes him think twice...Horace must now quickly begin to unravel the mysteries of this hidden world and his new gift as he finds himself immersed in a battle between ancient forces, where the bad guys don't pull any punches, even the good guys have their flaws, and where friendship, loyalty and trust turn out to be the greatest powers of all.
A boy, a girl, an ancient puzzle, and a House of Answers, Artefacts, Miseries and Mysteries
Will appeal to readers of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan ... a satisfying and original quest tale ... I was left longing for the next episode' New York Times This fast-paced fantasy had us gripped from the first page. Mumsnet
Ted Sanders is the author of the short story collection NO ANIMALS WE COULD NAME, winner of the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including the SOUTHERN REVIEW, CONFRONTATION, GEORGIA REVIEW, GETTYSBURG REVIEW and the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. A recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, he lives with his family in Urbana, Illinois, and teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This is his first book for younger readers. You can visit Ted online at www.tedsanders.net or on Twitter: @Tedwardly