This is my first time being a part of a WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour, and I am so happy that I am starting with the book “The Silver Box” by Margi Preus.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
“The Silver Box” is part of a series but could be read as a standalone without any problem. I have not read the first two books of “The Enchantment Lake” series, but reading this, the final book in the series, makes me want to read the whole series.
From the get go the author captured my attention with not only one but several mysteries—what happened to Francie’s mom, how to open the box, why the box is so valuable—and I was intrigued by all these layers. Preus had the right amount of tension to keep me interested throughout the entire book. In fact, had I had the opportunity to do so, I would have read the book all in one sitting.
The focuses of the book—concerns about the environment and racism—are timely matters, and I appreciated that. I loved the diversity of the characters in the series, which included an indigenous character and elderly characters.
I also found myself googling to find out more about the plants and incidents that are in the story. There is an author’s note at the end about what is factual in the book.
I highly recommend this middle grade novel.
In the final Enchantment Lake mystery, Francie’s search for the truth about her mother—and herself—plunges her into danger during a North Woods winter.
When she wakes in her aunts’ cold cabin on the shore of Enchantment Lake, Francie remembers: everything about her life has changed. Or is about to. Or just might. Everything depends on the small, engraved silver box that she now possesses—if only she can follow its cryptic clues to the whereabouts of her missing mother and understand, finally, just maybe, the truth about who she really is.
Francie, it turns out, has a lot to learn, and this time the lessons could be deadly. Her search for answers takes her and her best friends Raven and Jay as far afield as an abandoned ranch in Arizona and as close to home as a sketchy plant collector’s conservatory and a musty old museum where shadows lurk around every display case. At the heart of it all is a crime that touches her own adopted North Woods: thieves dig up fragile lady’s slippers, peel bark from birches, strip moss off trees, cut down entire forests of saplings to sell for home décor. But Francie is up against no ordinary plant theft. One ominous clue after another reveal that she possesses something so rare and so valuable that some people are willing to do anything to get it. When Francie’s investigation leads her into the treacherously cold and snowy North Woods, she finds out that she too is being pursued.
Print Length: 216 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
About the Author Margi Preus
Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees. Her books have won multiple awards, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into several languages. New titles in 2020 include Village of Scoundrels, The Littlest Voyageur, and The Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.
Back when such things were done, Margi enjoyed traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world. Now mostly at home in Duluth, she likes to ski, hike, canoe, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.
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Be sure to check out the other stops on the WOW blog tour:
October 12th @ WOW! Women on Writing What goes better with coffee in the morning than a muffin? Stop by WOW’s blog The Muffin and join us as we celebrate the launch of Margi Preus’s book The Silver Box. Enter to win a copy of her entire Enchantment Lake Mystery series.https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/
October 13th @ Mindy McGinnis Join Mindy McGinnis as she interviews author Margi Preus about how she came up with the idea of The Silver Box and the Enchantment Lake Mystery series.https://www.mindymcginnis.com/
October 14th @ Bring on Lemons Visit Crystal’s blog today and read her review of Margi Presu book The Silver Box, book three in The Enchantment Lake series. http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/
October 14th @ Reviews and InterviewsJoin Lisa as she interviews Margi Preus and finds out more about this incredible author!https://lisahaselton.com/blog/
October 16th @ The Frugalista Mom Visit Rozelyn’s blog today and read her review of The Silver Box, book three in The Enchantment Lake series. You can also enter to win a copy of the entire series!https://thefrugalistamom.com/
October 17th @ Carrie Sorens’ Blog Visit Carrie’s blog and read author Margi Preus’ guest post about raising big questions for readers to ponder (that don’t always have an answer).https://www.cksorens.com/blog
October 18th @ Fiona Ingram’s Blog Stop by Fiona’s blog and check out a spotlight of Margi Preus’ book The Silver Box. You can also enter to win a copy of the whole series!http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com/
October 20th @ The Faerie ReviewJoin Lily as she reviews The Silver Box, book three in The Enchantment Lake middle-grade series.http://www.thefaeriereview.com/
October 20th @ Susan Uhlig Join us today as Susan reviews The Silver Box, book three in The Enchantment Lake middle-grade series.https://susanuhlig.com/
October 21st @ Lady Unemployed Visit Nicole’s blog today where you can read Margi Preus’ guest post about how all writing is political and how to weave local or national issues into storytelling.https://ladyunemployed.com
October 21st @ The Frugalista Mom Rozelyn goes live on Facebook with author Margi Preus. Join them as the author talks about her wonderful middle-grade mystery series.https://www.facebook.com/AllergyFriendlyHome/
October 22nd @ The Knotty Needle Visit Judy’s blog today and read her review of The Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake middle-grade series.https://knottyneedle.blogspot.com
October 24th @ Carrie Sorens’ Blog Join Carrie again where you can read her review of The Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake middle-grade series. You can also win a copy of the series too!https://www.cksorens.com/blog
October 26th @ Kathleen Pooler’s BlogJoin us at Kathleen’s blog today where she will be featuring author Margi Preus and her book The Silver Box.https://krpooler.com
October 29th @ It’s Alanna Jean Stop by Alanna’s blog today where she shares Margi Preus’ guest post about finding inspiration out the window.http://itsalannajean.com/
October 30th @ Lori Duff Writes Join Lori Duff as she reviews Margi Preus’ book The Silver Box, the third book in the Enchantment Lake mystery series. https://www.loriduffwrites.com/blog/
November 1st @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog Visit Anthony’s blog today and read his review of The Silver Box, book three in The Enchantment Lake series. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
November 2nd @ World of My Imagination Join Nicole as she reviews The Silver Box, book three in The Enchantment Lake series. Also, you can enter to win a copy of the whole series.https://worldofmyimagination.com
November 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog Join Anthony’s blog again today and you can read his interview with author Margi Preus.https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
November 4th @ Crafty Moms Share Join Carrie as she reviews The Silver Box by author Margi Preus, the third book in the Enchantment Lake mystery series.https://www.craftymomsshare.com/
November 5th @ Bev. A Baird’s Blog Join Bev as she reviews The Silver Box by author Margi Preus, the third book in the Enchantment Lake mystery series. Don’t miss her review of this charming middle-grade fiction series!https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com
November 7th @ BookMama789 Join us over at Jean’s Instagram page as she reads and reviews The Silver Box by author Margi Preus, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. https://www.instagram.com/bookmama789/
November 8th @ Shoe’s Stories Join Linda at her blog today and read her review of The Silver Box by author Margi Preus, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. https://lschuelerca.wordpress.com/
November 9th @ Always in the Middle Visit Greg’s blog today and read his review of The Silver Box by author Margi Preus. You’ll love hearing about this middle-grade mystery series.https://gpattridge.com/
November 11th @ Bookapotamus Join Kate as she reviews The Enchantment Lake mystery series, part of The Silver Box blog tour. You’ll love hearing about this middle-grade mystery! https://bookapotamusblog.wordpress.com/
November 13th @ Choices Join Madeline as she features Margi Preus’ book The Silver Box on her blog today. You’ll definitely want to add this book to your reading list!https://www.madelinesharples.com
November 14th @ Reading in the Wildwood Visit Megan’s blog today she reviews The Enchantment Lake mystery series, part of The Silver Box blog tour. You’ll love hearing about this middle-grade mystery! https://readinginthewildwood.com/
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