“People will hide just about anything inside a jewelry box—especially a secret.”
For her mom’s birthday, Wendy Robichaud finds an old jewelry box at a flea market—the perfect gift for someone who loves salvaged junk. Inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have been written recently. Wendy’s curiosity leads her on a search with boyfriend David at her side, eager to help. Who wrote the note, and did the intended recipient ever see it?
But then Wendy’s stepfather loses his job. The family’s plan to visit Alaska and see her old friends Mrs. Villaturo and Sam is headed down the sewer like a hard Louisiana rain. Wendy must find a way to earn the money she needs to see her old friends again. An opportunity arrives in the form of tutoring Melissa, one of the popular kids known as the Sticks, and Wendy’s money problems appear to be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before.
Wendy has to find a way to see Mrs. V and Sam again, but will she lose David in the process? In the final months of ninth grade, she might lose everything she counted on for the future.