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.
A PRICELESS DIAMOND...STOLEN!
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 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
\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
\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.
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.
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."