Here’s a well plotted mystery told from characters both in the past and present. But wait, there's more! Janet Key cleverly weaves in a diverse cast of characters and as we see the world from each of their points of view we learn about acceptance and empathy. It’s also a story about figuring out yourself and being brave enough to stay true to that person. Such fine writing!
Better Nate Than Ever meets The Parker Inheritance in this heartwarming mystery about finding your people and accepting others as they are.
Twelve-year-old Maren is sure theater camp isn’t for her. Theater camp is for loud, confident, artsy people: people like her older sister, Hadley—the last person Maren wants to think about—and her cinema-obsessed, nonbinary bunkmate, Theo. But when a prank goes wrong, Maren gets drawn into the hunt for a diamond ring that, legend has it, is linked to the camp’s namesake, Charlotte “Charlie” Goodman, a promising director in Blacklist Era Hollywood.
When Maren connects the clues to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, she and her new friends are off searching through lighting booths, orchestra pits and costume storages, discovering the trail and dodging camp counselors. But they’re not the only ones searching for the ring, and with the growing threat of camp closing forever, they're almost out of time.
About the Author
When Janet Key was twelve, she sang and danced onstage, stayed up too late reading Shakespeare, and had a closet full of themed, handsewn vests. This is her first novel.l.
"Debut author Key constructs a well-paced treasure hunt, as much a mystery as a love letter to theater and its history... A layered, unexpectedly poignant mystery with over-the-top characters."—Kirkus Reviews
*"Key weaves an intriguing mystery together with a sensitive exploration of gender identity, mental health, and family relationships in the historical and present-day settings."—BCCB, starred review