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Book 1: The Box and the Dragonfly

Artifacts. Miseries. Mysteries. From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus—a sign with his own name on it—everything changes. The sighting leads him underground, to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse full of mysterious objects. But there he finds only questions. What is this curious place? Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? And what is he to do with it?

Horace quickly discovers that nothing is ordinary anymore. From the sinister man lurking around every corner to the gradual mastery of his newfound abilities to his encounters with Chloe—a girl who has an astonishing talent of her own—Horace follows a path that puts him in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between two factions.

Horace’s journey leads him and Chloe deep into a place where every decision they make could have disastrous consequences. Most important, it links Horace to the Box of Promises and a future he never saw coming.


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“What we have here is a winding fantasy adventure that will appeal to readers of J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan…I was left longing for the next episode.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“An epic adventure of self-discovery, magic, tragedy and blurred lines of loyalty.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Here’s hoping The Box and the Dragonfly finds a large audience. It’s a great find for readers who love to puzzle out the twists and turns of a story. .”

— Common Sense Media

“A rousing start for the Keepers series.”

— Booklist

“The last two hundred pages…is thrilling and almost sweat-inducing. Sanders has crafted a near-perfect book for kids.”

— Bill Carl, The Booksellers at Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH

“In this post-Harry Potter world, it seems like everyone is trying to produce the next Harry Potter–and the term gets thrown around a lot. When I read the first paragraph of The Keepers I was suddenly transported back to the first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not because of Mr. Sanders’ writing (although his writing is compelling to say the very least) or the plot, but because I had the same feeling I felt all those years ago. The feeling that this was a world that was going to blow my mind; a world that I wanted to dive into and continue to live in.”

— Katherine Megna, Children’s Specialist, Books Inc. Laurel Village

The Keepers is a wildly original adventure, electric-paced and brain-bending, that will enthrall kids and adults alike. It’s more than a fantasy, building physics and folklore into its search to answer questions about whether true magic can ever exist. But most of all, it has a wonderful central character in Horace, smart and vulnerable, who grounds us in this extraordinary world.”

— Soman Chainani, bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

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