Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
The Secret Cipher by Whitaker Ringwald. I got this eARC at Edelweiss. Here is the description for this February 24 release:
The Secret Cipher is the sequel to The Secret Box, a rollicking adventure full of family rivalry, magic, questing, and laugh-out-loud humor that's perfect for fans of Dan Gutman, Wendy Mass, and Trenton Lee Stewart.Beginning:
Jax Malone and her cousin Ethan Hoche were not expecting one of Jax's birthday presents to contain a dangerous magical object from a mythical past: an urn with the dark power to suck hope out of the world.
Though the first urn is safely hidden, there are two more urns that could rid humanity of both faith and love. And powerful enemies who want to find them and use them to control the world. Now, even though they were never meant to open the present and discover its secret, Jax and Ethan must race to find and destroy the two remaining urns before it's too late.
It's still hard for me to use the word magical. Until one month ago, I would have bet my life on the fact that magic doesn't exist.Friday 56:
"Guess we're going," I said with a sigh.
Tyler looked equally unhappy about the situation. He grumbled something about Jax and her stupid secret-box birthday present, then crammed another egg roll in his mouth.