Keepers of the Pact
by Karen Kelloway
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Pub Date 21 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 25 Aug 2023
Every town has a secret. And Brigus in Newfoundland and Labrador is no different. For hundreds of years the Pact of Protection has held, and the seaside fishing town has guarded an ancient and dangerous knowledge. But when business tycoon Mr. Grey begins blasting rock for a tunnel, it’s more than rock that is blown apart: the pact itself is weakened and bits of the secret begin to slip out.
In their search for hidden pirate treasure, twelve-year-old Alistair and his friends Ben and Sadie stumble into the middle of this mystery. The more they learn about the pact, the more the shrieking song, the unexplained leaks in fishing vessels, and the mystery ship in the harbour begin to make sense.
Partnering with the pact keepers, Alistair, Ben, and Sadie must re-instate the agreement for the benefit of all. If they don’t, a lot more than a few ships will be harmed. Everything the good people of Brigus understand about the sea could be in danger.
A magical middle grade novel full of intrigue and adventure, Keepers of the Pact will inspire bravery in intrepid explorers and mystery seekers everywhere.
“Beautifully written. Captivating, mysterious, and fun! A fantasy taking place in my hometown, love it!”
–Raelene Wall, librarian with the Brigus Public Library
“I was very much intrigued and moved by this awesome story. As I was reading I could actually see it in my head like a movie. It brought back beautiful memories of the merpeople that were told to me by my Ami.”
–Elder Gloria Johnson
Suspenseful, believable, and original, this tale will have readers fascinated from the first secret treasure hunt in the Misty Cove caves, through the puzzle of a strange creature held prisoner in a schooner's hold, to the satisfying ending. Alistair, Ben, and Sadie, three intrepid youngsters, with the help of Ben's kiju and Chief Jo, discover answers through their own hidden gifts and strengths. Keepers of the Pact is a delight!
–Janet Barkhouse, co-author of Pit Pony: The Picture Book
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There's nothing quite like an adventure read to brighten up a weekend! This book has all the things that make up an edge-of-your-seat story--treasure hunting, "pirates" mer-people, and three precocious 12-year old adventurers. Throw in a HUGE town secret, and you have "Keepers of the Pact."
One of the things I liked best about this story was that each of the three children played a vital part in the unfolding of the plot. Alastair may be the "main character," but he could not have succeeded in their mission, if it were not for his two best friends, Sadie and Ben. What begins as three kids on a treasure hunt, becomes MUCH MORE! (I won't say any more, because I don't want to give any "spoilers!")
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started this book, but I now know that the author delivered! Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK! I know I will be looking for more books to read by Karen Kelloway!