In this inventive debut installment of the Key Trilogy, an Oregon girl's life is uprooted by the discovery of her pivotal role in a prophecy stemming from Greek mythology. On her 16th birthday, Evangeline receives a necklace from her mother that features a small silver key; her mother, whose behavior has become increasingly erratic, explains that it was a gift from her own mother, and that she doesn't know what the key unlocks. Confused by her sudden transformation from an "ugly duckling" into a beauty, Evangeline learns that she is a descendant of Pandora and has inherited the role of keeper of the key to Pandora's box. Evangeline is thrust into a sometimes bloody battle between a sect of women committed to protecting the keeper and the Archivists, an ancient organization determined to obtain the key and the box it unlocks. Surprising twists—Evangeline has good reason to doubt who she can trust—add to the story's intrigue. The coauthor of several sports autobiographies, Fischer hits her stride in this quick-paced novel. Ages 12–up.
Reviewed on: 04/09/2012 Release date: 11/01/2011 Genre: Children's