A Lot of Keys

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

The old woman followed closely behind, fumbling with her handbag until she fished out what looked like the largest key ring in the world. Hundreds of keys were attached to it, each different from the others: skeleton keys made from what looked like crystal, ancient brass keys, bright new silver ones in many sizes, and several that didn’t look like keys at all.

“Wow, that’s a lot of keys,” Daphne said.

“That’s a lot of locks,” Sabrina added as she eyed the front door. It must have had a dozen bolts of all shapes and sizes.

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book AGATHA ODDLY: THE SECRET KEY by Lena Jones

Agatha is smart, observant, and steeped in the fiction of her namesake, Agatha Christie. In fact, Hercule Poirot is her imaginary friend. But few people appreciate her little investigations. But when a new case presents itself, Agatha knows it’s her big chance to prove herself. But she and her friends are in way over their heads.

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#MGCarousel – 20 Middle Grade Books with Locks and Keys

20 Middle Grade books with Locks and Keys: A high-security collection of Middle Grade books featuring hidden treasure, secret portals, and historical heirlooms.

Our #MGCarousel reading challenge this month is all about LOCKS AND KEYS. If you’re ready to unlock the possibilities, CJ and Elza have gathered 20 Middle Grade books that feature padlocks, skeleton keys, secret doors, treasure chests, and more high-security places.

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When a mysterious parcel arrives at her family’s new home, eleven-year-old Lin Rosenquist has a curious feeling she’s meant to discover what’s inside.

Much to Lin’s surprise, the ornate key contained in the parcel unlocks a spellbinding world called Sylver, hidden behind the cellar door. Sylver is an enchanting land of eternal winter, inhabited by animals that shared a special connection with children in the real world, either as beloved pets or tamed wild animals. In death, they are delivered to Sylver, where they take on a curiously human-like form and still watch over the children they cherish.

While Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved pet, Rufus, she soon learns that the magic of the Petlings and Wilders is failing, and snow trolls want to claim Sylver for themselves. Lin must discover a way to stop them and save this enchanted world.

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Worth Keeping

Rules by Cynthia Lord

On the next shelf are paint bottles and stacks of paper, everything from thick watercolor paper to flimsy sheets of jewel-colored tissue paper. And lots of things I’ve collected: shells, rocks, a tiny glass elephant, a blackened old skeleton key my grandmother found in a chest but which unlocks nothing. I kept it because I like how it feels in my hand, the heart shape of the top and the jagged teeth at the bottom, and because—Not everything worth keeping has to be useful.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book THE LOCK-EATER by Zack Loran Clark.

Melanie Gate is a foundling with a peculiar talent for opening the unopenable—any lock releases at the touch of her hand. One night, her orphanage is visited by Traveler in need of an apprentice.

When Melanie is selected, her life changes in a flash, and in more ways than she knows—because Traveler is not at all what he seems. But then, neither is Melanie Gate.

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