Book Spotlight: Under Locker and Key

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Posted: March 9, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

Book cover - a boy reaches down from an open ceiling tile with a grasping claw to take something from another boy's backpackJeremy Wilderson is not a thief.  He’s a retriever.  When other students lose things or have them stolen, Jeremy manages to return them to their proper owner.  Over the years he has become a master of picking locks, sneaking items out of bags and backpacks, and having ready alibis.

Retrieving things isn’t always easy.  Becca Mills, daughter of a lawyer and a police officer, is an amateur detective who lives by the rule of law.  Becca believes that the results do not justify Jeremy’s actions, and she looks for any effort to expose Jeremy as a thief.  So far Jeremy has avoided Becca while continuing his work as a retriever.

However, Jeremy is not infallible.  An eighth grader named Mark tricks Jeremy into stealing the school’s master key for him.  Mark plans on a schoolwide crime spree that will leave one person as the only logical suspect:  Jeremy Wilderson.

With no other options open to him, Jeremy asks Becca for help in retrieving the key from Mark.  She’s skeptical, but agrees to cooperate provided that Jeremy doesn’t break any rules in the process.

Can Jeremy and Becca co-exist?  Can they retrieve the key from Mark before he steals from more of their classmates?  Will Jeremy wind up in the principal’s office once the retrieving job is complete?

Under Locker and Key and its sequel Arts and Thefts by Allison K. Hymas are shelved upstairs in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.

If you enjoy Under Locker and Key, you may also enjoy The Great Greene Heist and its sequel To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson.  When Keith Sinclair tries to steal the student council president election, con man Jackson Greene has to plan an elaborate heist to keep things on the level.  The Great Greene Heist and To Catch a Cheat are both shelved in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.

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