The Mysterious Moonstone (Key Hunters #1)

Series: Key Hunters

by Eric Luper

Scholastic Paperbacks
May 2016

Ages 7 – 10 . Grades 2 – 5

Lexile measure: 550L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: Q

Cleo and Evan have a secret. A collection of books so dangerous they are locked up tight. A friend has vanished inside the pages of one of them. It's up to them to find the key that will set her free.


When Cleo and Evan go undercover to help a rookie detective interview a mansion full of suspects, nothing is as it seems. They must catch the crook -- and find the right key -- or they could be trapped inside this mystery forever...
Eric Luper

Eric Luper has written books for kids of all ages, including the YA novel Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto. He loves excitement and is always looking for his next adventure. Eric has fibbed his way into a tour of the ultra-secret PEZ headquarters, rebuilt a castle in France, explored the tunnels under Paris and Istanbul, escaped hungry crocodiles in Costa Rica, and rafted down the Colorado River. He lives with his family in Albany, New York.


--- - ! "If you have found this note, I am trapped somewhere between the covers of these enchanted books.
\tTo find me, travel through these stories and help give each one the ending it deserves. Fail and you will meet the same fate as me. \tSucceed and you will discover wonders beyond your dreams. Always look for the key that will move you forward on your journey. I've left clues along the way. Just look for my favorite color!
\tMs. Sandie Hilliard, librarian
\tP.S. If this is Evan, go get help. The perils are too great, the challenges are too risky. And you are too fragile.

\t\"I'm not fragile,\" Evan said.
\tCleo held back her laughter. \"You kinda are,\" she said. \"But do you think Ms. Hilliard is really trapped inside one of these books?\"
\tEvan righted Ms. Hilliard's book cart. It wobbled on its bent leg. \"Maybe The Case of the Mysterious Moonstone has some answers.\"
\t\"I don't see how a book can offer us answers,\" Cleo said.
\t\"Do you realize what you just said?\" Evan asked.
\tCleo shrugged. \"I look up everything on the Internet.\"
\t\"Are you ready to open the book?\" Evan said.
\t\"What kind of question is that?\" Cleo said. \"It's just a book.\"
She reached across the table and opened The Case of the Mysterious Moonstone. Letters burst from the pages of the book like a thousand crazy spiders. They tumbled in the air around them and began to spell words. The words became sentences, the sentences paragraphs. Before long, they could barely see, and then everything went black."