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Keir Graff | The Phantom Tower

Keir Graff is visiting schools on Friday, February 8th!

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of The Phantom Tower,  or The Matchstick Castle today, by ordering online below or filling out a form from your teacher or librarian.

In The Phantom Tower, twin brothers discover their new home is also a portal—for an hour a day—to a parallel dimension in this rollicking middle-grade adventure, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society.Colm and Mal are twins so identical their own mom can’t tell them apart, but they’re different in just about every other way. Mal’s a pragmatist while Colm’s a dreamer, and they bicker and battle constantly. Neither brother is excited to be moving to Chicago for a fresh start with their mom just after their dad’s death. But nothing cures homesickness like intrigue—and their new home, Brunhild Tower, has plenty of it: mysterious elderly neighbors who warn against wandering the building at midday, strange sounds in the walls, and an elevator missing a button for the thirteenth floor. One day, that button appears—and when the doors open on the missing floor, the boys are greeted by the strangest puzzle yet: a twin building that is stuck in time and bustling with activity. All of Brunhild Tower’s former residents live on in this phantom tower, where the rules of the real world don’t apply. But when the brothers and their newfound friends discover they’re all trapped by an ancient curse, they must band together to set everyone free before it’s too late.

In The Matchstick Castle, Brian can think of a few places he’d rather spend his summer than with his aunt and uncle in Boring, Illinois. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole. Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. To the madcap, eccentric family that lives inside, it’s not just a home—it’s a castle. Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball.This funny, fantastical story will resonate with any reader who’s ever wished a little adventure would find them. The Matchstick Castle is a wild and whimsical adventure story, perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

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Friday, February 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
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The Phantom Tower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524739522
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2018

The Matchstick Castle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101996225
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2017

The Matchstick Castle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101996232
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Published: Puffin Books - June 5th, 2018