Here is the summary of the book:
The Amazing Race meets The Mysterious Benedict Society with a twist of magical mythology in this hilarious middle-grade caper about a strange locked box that transforms the lives of three kids.
The Secret Box is the first in an irresistible middle-grade trilogy that combines the magic of 11 Birthdays with the adventure of the Genius Files series and humorous quirk worthy of Trenton Lee Stewart. The page-turning mystery, alternating girl and boy narrators, and clever incorporation of mythology are sure to delight-and lingering questions will leave readers eager for more.
On her 12th birthday Jax Malone receives a surprise gift from her estranged Great-Aunt Juniper: a mysterious locked box that will only open in one location. If Jax's mom hadn't tried to return it, Jax would have assumed it was just another boring present to add to the most boring, un-magical birthday ever.
Instead, Jax decides she must open the box. So she recruits her reluctant cousin Ethan and his obnoxious, computer-genius older brother Tyler to help find the site where the box will open.
But what starts as a fun adventure quickly turns crazy, even dangerous, when Jax, Ethan, and Tyler learn that the box was not intended as a gift, but as a call for help from an ancient magical source thought to only exist in myth.
"This mystery unfolds before your eyes in a series of cliffhangers that build up to a blow-your-mind ending. Wanting to know the secret kept me turning the pages."-Dan Gutman, New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series.
Quite Possibly not my favorite children's fiction but with an intriguing plot point and although predictable but a fun read. Whitaker Ringwald's upcoming The Secret Box proves to be quite the okay read. Particularly the mythology behind the coded box, that was definitely the best part of this book.
Adventure begins when your parents tell you not to do that one thing but its your curiosity that leads you to do it. When a coded box arrives on Jax's birthday and her mother hurriedly plans to returns it to the post office and back to sender..... So Jax's curiosity gets the better of her and she ropes in her cousins Ethan (the factoid memoriser) and Tyler (the trophy monger) in on this adventures...... unearthing a past long subdued, about a mysterious great aunt and the contents of her box.
"The Secret Box provides for an intellectual fun but a predictable middle grade adventure"