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Kidsday book review: ‘The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly’

"The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly" by Ted Sanders is the first book in "The Keepers" series. Photo Credit: HarperCollins

I really enjoyed “Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly,” by Ted Sanders (HarperCollins). It’s full of adventure and great for readers of all ages. It is the first book in “The Keepers” series.

It tells the story of a kid, Horace, and his new friend, Chloe. They stumble across a curio store, the House of Answers, at different times — Chloe when she’s 5, and seven years later, Horace when he’s 12. Horace misreads a billboard at the beginning and finds the store, where he stumbles on a box called the Box of Promises.

The curio store has different types of Tanu, an ordinary-looking object that has power, and usually breaks the laws of science. For example, Horace’s box was a Tanu, when it didn’t pick a creature to bond with, and the box teleports objects exactly one day into the future. Horace can also look through the box to see what will happen. But that vision might not be accurate all the time, because the box of promises makes no promises! A Tan’ji is a Tanu, except it has a bond with a creature. For example, Chloe’s dragonfly is a Tan’ji, because it has a bond with Chloe!

They have to choose sides between the Wardens (aka the Resistance) who allowed their Tan’ji to choose them, or the Riven (the evil side, who take Tan’ji away from their owners and force them to join their own side). Their Tan’ji makes them a target for the Riven, who just wants to use them for destruction.

There are only about 200 Wardens, and they range from kids to very old people, more than thousands of years old. Other people do not see this, and the Riven are disguised. The main antagonist, Dr. Jericho, is part of the Riven and is also extremely, and unreasonably, tall and misformed.

I loved this book. I recommend it to kids who like adventure and fantasy. I rate it 4.5/5 smiles.

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