When Charlie Sykes wakes up in hospital in St. John's, he learns that he and his father have been in a car accident and that his father is dying. Charlie inherits little more than the brass key that his father pressed into his hand before he passed away. As far as Charlie knows, he has no family in Newfoundland. But then Uncle Nick shows up and is keen to meet his nephew-not because of who Charlie is, but rather because of what Charlie has: the key. That key will unlock a treasure Uncle Nick began searching for more than thirty years earlier. And he would have found it all those years ago if he hadn't been arrested and sent away for murder. But Charlie isn't convinced he should give up the key. He leads Uncle Nick on a wild chase through old St. John's, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with Uncle Nick, the treasure, and a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he's going.
|Publisher:||Orca Book Publishers|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||610 KB|
|Age Range:||11 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Rob Mills has been an award-winning reporter, newspaper editor and writer in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Ontario. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife and two daughters.
Read an Excerpt
I feel his hand twitch and twitch again. I put both my hands around his. And then, just a tiny bit, it opens. Then a bit more, and I feel something drop out of it, small, hard, hot in my palm. A key. I can tell without even looking.
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Charlie's Key based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Loved the beginning and thought it would be a sure fire winner with the middle school kids; a boy survives a car accident which claims the life of his father, but not before the father can drop a key into the son's hand, a key about which he knows nothing. As the mystery surrounding the key unwinds, the book becomes less and less suitable for middle school students. The reader finds out that Catholic priests who looked after the dead father when he was a boy, were involved in sexual activity with young boys, and it suddenly isn't a book I'm eager to put on middle school shelves.