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Published by: Clarion Books
April didn’t mean to start the fire.
She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of orphans who just don’t understand that April isn’t like them. After all, April’s mother is coming back for her someday very soon.
All April has to do is find the clues her mother left inside the massive mansion. But Winterborne House is hiding more than one secret, so April and her friends are going to have to work together to unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a creepy legend, and a mysterious key before the only home they’ve ever known is lost to them forever.Add on Goodreads
“A modern thriller flavored with classic adventure.”
—School Library Journal
“[F]ast moving and surprise-filled, guaranteed to have readers racing on to the next deliciously gothic complication.”
“In her middle grade debut, Carter (Not If I Save You First) offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family.”
“A fast-paced thrill ride of a book, filled with great characters, swashbuckling action sequences, secret passageways, mystery, and plenty of humor. It’s Batman meets Annie. My daughter devoured it in one sitting and immediately begged for more. I can’t come up with any better praise than that.”
—Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series
“This is the kind of read that makes your soul sit up straight. At once a heart-wrenching tale of found family and a thrilling, atmospheric mystery that keeps you guessing at every page, Ally Carter’s middle grade debut is a triumph. I loved April’s character down to the barb wire wrapped around her heart, and I cheered for her journey and the extraordinary bravery required to open up to other people.”
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time
“An unputdownable blend of humor, unique characters, and a mystery that’ll keep readers turning pages way past their bedtimes–and checking their basements… just in case.”
—Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author of Prosper Redding