(W) Victoria Ying (A/CA) Victoria Ying
Can one boy keep a secret--and save a whole city? An action-packed read for
middle-grade fantasy and graphic novel fans!
Ever Barnes is a shy orphan who lives in a puzzle-box building (think an
architectural Transformer) that is also a multi level switchboard center, the
communications hub of his city. He's the last of a family that's guarded a
precious safe--contents unknown--for generations. All Ever knows is that what's
in that safe protects the city and that his father was killed because he wouldn't
give up the secret of the safe.
Ever is resigned to living on his own in the swtichboard building, where he
knows every nook and cranny, and all the cranks and levers that operate the
complicated complex. Some of the nicer young women who work there give him
food on the sly. He's got his job: stay out of sight and protect the safe hidden
deep in the maze of the building. Ever is the only one who knows about it. Or is
Ever's lonely existence is upended by when Hannah, the daughter of the
building's owner, shows up and spots the orphan in hiding. Hannah is
determined to befriend Ever. His avoidance and her pursuit set off an
unexpected series of events. Two things quickly become very clear: someone
else knows Ever's secret and wants in on it. And having a friend is a very good
thing when a whole whole evil goon squad is after you!
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020