The Keepers #1: The Box and the Dragonfly

Book Information
Rating: Dependable
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Ted Sanders
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9780062275820
Pages: 544

When Horace F. Andrews sees a sign from the bus with his name on it, he goes to investigate what it could mean. The sign leads him to a warehouse full of mysterious objects. There he receives a strange gift: a box that he soon discovers allows him to see the future and send small objects into the future. This box causes him many problems, however. Seeing the future can have difficult consequences that will put him, his family, and his new friend Chloe—a girl who has a magical object herself—as he finds himself in a conflict between two powerful groups of people. When Chloe’s dad is taken by the enemy, Horace has to make crucial decisions to save her dad and others.

The book is longer than a lot of books for the target audience, and some of the scientific discussions might bore a few readers, but most readers are unlikely to notice how long the book is as they keep turning the pages. The plot has some pacing issues, but overall it is intriguing and easy to follow. The main characters and their families are complex and flawed, making them easy to relate to and interesting. The magical world has enough depth and scientific basis to be believable. This debut novel shows a lot of promise to become an exciting series.

*Contains mild language.