Title: Blake: Keeper of Secrets
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Adventure/Magical Realism
Twelve-year-old Blake Wolf holds Ms. Sheryl’s fate in his hands, and that’s a problem. Blake has a hard time talking to grown-ups. Whenever he tries, he breaks out in a sweat, breathes like Darth Vader, and usually wakes up on a cot in the nurse’s office at school.
When his dad dies of cancer, Blake is thrown into his position as the town’s Keeper of Secrets. Blake doesn’t believe it at first. I mean, who would? An old curse giving bodies to peoples’ secrets sounds pretty crazy. But when he sees the long, black shadows in his closet, he believes. His job is to unbind Secrets from their owners by listening to them. Pressing against Blake, they whisper the townspeople’s secrets.
They tell of a plot to kill Ms. Sheryl. Armed with this advanced knowledge, it’s up to Blake to stop the crime. But can he do it?
Icicles dripped all around me.