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Charlie's Key

by Rob Mills

Orca Book Publishers | October 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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When Charlie Sykes wakes up in hospital in St. John''s, he learns that he and his father have been in a car accident and that his father is dying. Charlie inherits little more than the brass key that his father pressed into his hand before he passed away. As far as Charlie knows, he has no family in Newfoundland. But then Uncle Nick shows up and is keen to meet his nephew--not because of who Charlie is, but rather because of what Charlie has: the key. That key will unlock a treasure Uncle Nick began searching for more than thirty years earlier. And he would have found it all those years ago if he hadn''t been arrested and sent away for murder. But Charlie isn''t convinced he should give up the key. He leads Uncle Nick on a wild chase through old St. John''s, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with Uncle Nick, the treasure, and a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he''s going.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0 in

Published: October 1, 2011

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554698723

ISBN - 13: 9781554698721

Appropriate for ages: 11

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Charlie's Key

Charlie's Key

by Rob Mills

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0 in

Published: October 1, 2011

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554698723

ISBN - 13: 9781554698721

About the Book

A young orphan struggles to unlock the significance of an old key left to him by his dying father.

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I feel his hand twitch and twitch again. I put both my hands around his. And then, just a tiny bit, it opens. Then a bit more, and I feel something drop out of it, small, hard, hot in my palm. A key. I can tell without even looking.

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When Charlie Sykes wakes up in hospital in St. John''s, he learns that he and his father have been in a car accident and that his father is dying. Charlie inherits little more than the brass key that his father pressed into his hand before he passed away. As far as Charlie knows, he has no family in Newfoundland. But then Uncle Nick shows up and is keen to meet his nephew--not because of who Charlie is, but rather because of what Charlie has: the key. That key will unlock a treasure Uncle Nick began searching for more than thirty years earlier. And he would have found it all those years ago if he hadn''t been arrested and sent away for murder. But Charlie isn''t convinced he should give up the key. He leads Uncle Nick on a wild chase through old St. John''s, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with Uncle Nick, the treasure, and a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he''s going.

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I feel his hand twitch and twitch again. I put both my hands around his. And then, just a tiny bit, it opens. Then a bit more, and I feel something drop out of it, small, hard, hot in my palm. A key. I can tell without even looking. When Charlie Sykes wakes up an orphan in a St. John''s hospital, he inherits little more than a brass key and memories of life with his father in northern Alberta. Then Uncle Nick, newly paroled from a long prison term, shows up and claims the key is rightfully his. But Charlie refuses to give it up and leads Nick on a wild chase through old St. John''s, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he''s going.

Appropriate for ages: 11

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