City of Secrets (Hardcover)
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Can one boy keep a secret--and save a whole city? An action-packed read for middle-grade fantasy and graphic novel fans!
Ever Barnes is a shy orphan who lives in a puzzle-box building (think an architectural Transformer) that is also a multi level switchboard center, the communications hub of his city. He's the last of a family that's guarded a precious safe--contents unknown--for generations. All Ever knows is that what's in that safe protects the city and that his father was killed because he wouldn't give up the secret of the safe.
Ever is resigned to living on his own in the swtichboard building, where he knows every nook and cranny, and all the cranks and levers that operate the complicated complex. Some of the nicer young women who work there give him food on the sly. He's got his job: stay out of sight and protect the safe hidden deep in the maze of the building. Ever is the only one who knows about it. Or is he?
Ever's lonely existence is upended by when Hannah, the daughter of the building's owner, shows up and spots the orphan in hiding. Hannah is determined to befriend Ever. His avoidance and her pursuit set off an unexpected series of events. Two things quickly become very clear: someone else knows Ever's secret and wants in on it. And having a friend is a very good thing when a whole whole evil goon squad is after you!
About the Author
Victoria Ying is a developmental artist whose clients include Disney Studios and SONY, among others. She has worked on major films such as Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Moana, and Wreck-It Ralph. She also is illustrating DC's new middle-grade Wonder Woman graphic novel series, Diana: Princess of the Amazons.
Secret of the Switchboard is her first original graphic novel. Visit her at www.victoriaying.com.
Praise for City of Secrets by Victoria Ying:
"An edge of your seat thriller!" —Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal–winning author-illustrator
"A unique Ghibli-esque city that reveals some of its many mysteries through an action-packed adventure." —Molly Knox Ostertag, author-illustrator of the Witch Boy trilogy
"Never a dull moment! City of Secrets is a wonderful world full of twists and turns, surprises and intrigue." —Amy Chu, author of Sea Sirens, Sky Island, the Ana and the Cosmic Race series, and the Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death series
"Victoria Ying’s lively and spirited art takes young readers by the hand and plunges them into a steampunk fantasy world." —Wendy Xu, co-creator of Mooncakes
"A delightful adventure set in an imaginative world built on gears, pistons, and brass . . . City of Secrets captivates the heart and imagination!" —Armand Baltazar, author-illustrator of Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic