ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Allison K. Hymas
Publisher: Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)
ISBN-10: 1481463438
ISBN-13: 9781481463430
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Category: Middle Grade

Under Locker and Key

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Jeremy Wilderson teams up with his rival crime fighter to stop the stealing spree that’s wreaking havoc on Scottsville Middle School in this action-packed MAX novel.

Jeremy Wilderson is not a thief. In fact, he is his middle school’s one and only retrieval specialist. Confiscated cell phones, stolen lunch money—he’ll discretely retrieve it before the last bell rings. Business is good, and if it weren’t for the meddling of preteen private investigator Becca Mills, he’d be happier than a gym teacher on dodgeball day.

But a new job shatters his comfortable lifestyle. Now, thanks to Jeremy, the master key to the schools’ lockers is in the hands of an aspiring crime kingpin who doesn’t exactly have Jeremy’s strong moral character. Soon not even combination locks can protect the students’ textbooks and jackets. Retrieving the key is too big a job for one crime fighter, and only one person wants the key returned as much as Jeremy does: Becca Mills.

Lockers are being robbed, the teachers are looking for the culprit, and the only person Jeremy can turn to is the girl who most wants to see him in the principal’s office. Will Jeremy be able to trust Becca enough to get the key back in the right hands? Or could he end up in detention until the end of high school instead?
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Ann Rose said on 10/21/2017:
Looks like a super cute read -
Jonathan Rosen said on 10/21/2017:
I actually already bought this. It's in my TBR stack! Can't wait!
Melissa Roske said on 10/21/2017:
Looking forward to the sequel too!
Lucy grimm said on 10/20/2017:
Looks like a fun book, congrats!
Christina June said on 10/20/2017:
This looks so fun!
Betsy Aldredge said on 10/19/2017:
What a fun premise!
Wendy MM said on 10/19/2017:
A funny, clever book that kids will love!
Amanda Searcy said on 10/19/2017:
This sounds so good!
Beth McMullen said on 10/19/2017:
love this one!!
Faith Boughan said on 10/19/2017:
This book sounds too awesome!!! Also I love your fun fact. Haha!
Rob Vlock said on 10/19/2017:
Can't wait to read this one! It's way up at the top of my TBR list!!!
Hillary Homzie said on 10/18/2017:
This looks soooo much fun. I must read this. My dad worked for the FBI Academy :)
Patricia Bailey said on 10/16/2017:
One of my favorite Middle Grade reads this year!

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Very appropriately, I stole Jeremy’s last name. When I was looking for a sassy, adventurous surname for my protagonist, one of my teachers accidentally wrote “wilderson” instead of “wilderness” on the board. I know a good thing when I see it!





Twelve-year-old Jeremy Wilderson teams up with his rival crime fighter to stop the stealing spree that’s wreaking havoc on Scottsville Middle School in this action-packed MAX novel.

Jeremy Wilderson is not a thief. In fact, he is his middle school’s one and only retrieval specialist. Confiscated cell phones, stolen lunch money—he’ll discretely retrieve it before the last bell rings. Business is good, and if it weren’t for the meddling of preteen private investigator Becca Mills, he’d be happier than a gym teacher on dodgeball day.

But a new job shatters his comfortable lifestyle. Now, thanks to Jeremy, the master key to the schools’ lockers is in the hands of an aspiring crime kingpin who doesn’t exactly have Jeremy’s strong moral character. Soon not even combination locks can protect the students’ textbooks and jackets. Retrieving the key is too big a job for one crime fighter, and only one person wants the key returned as much as Jeremy does: Becca Mills.

Lockers are being robbed, the teachers are looking for the culprit, and the only person Jeremy can turn to is the girl who most wants to see him in the principal’s office. Will Jeremy be able to trust Becca enough to get the key back in the right hands? Or could he end up in detention until the end of high school instead?

As a middle schooler, I was a law-abiding citizen (except for the occasional offense of reading under my desk when I should have been listening).


I now hold an MFA from Brigham Young University and currently live in Utah. Under Locker and Key is my first novel. I'm hard at work writing Jeremy Wilderson's further adventures.
You can reach me through my website, allisonkhymas.com, or email me at allisonkhymas@gmail.com.
"Entertaining caper fiction. Jeremy's genuine and at-times charmingly jokey voice will engage fans of Gordon Korman's Swindle series."
  (Kirkus Reviews)

"A great pick for middle grade readers who enjoy crime capers such as Gordon Korman’s Swindle and Varian Johnson’s The Great Greene Heist."

  (School Library Journal)

Readers will easily be swept up by the collision of friendships, rivalries, and bullies in the halls of this adventure-tinged middle-school story.

  (Booklist)


Very appropriately, I stole Jeremy’s last name. When I was looking for a sassy, adventurous surname for my protagonist, one of my teachers accidentally wrote “wilderson” instead of “wilderness” on the board. I know a good thing when I see it!
    Guestbook Comments
    Ann Rose said on October 21, 2017:
    Looks like a super cute read -

    Jonathan Rosen said on October 21, 2017:
    I actually already bought this. It's in my TBR stack! Can't wait!

    Melissa Roske said on October 21, 2017:
    Looking forward to the sequel too!

    Lucy grimm said on October 20, 2017:
    Looks like a fun book, congrats!

    Christina June said on October 20, 2017:
    This looks so fun!

    Betsy Aldredge said on October 19, 2017:
    What a fun premise!

    Wendy MM said on October 19, 2017:
    A funny, clever book that kids will love!

    Amanda Searcy said on October 19, 2017:
    This sounds so good!

    Beth McMullen said on October 19, 2017:
    love this one!!

    Faith Boughan said on October 19, 2017:
    This book sounds too awesome!!! Also I love your fun fact. Haha!

    Rob Vlock said on October 19, 2017:
    Can't wait to read this one! It's way up at the top of my TBR list!!!

    Hillary Homzie said on October 18, 2017:
    This looks soooo much fun. I must read this. My dad worked for the FBI Academy :)

    Patricia Bailey said on October 16, 2017:
    One of my favorite Middle Grade reads this year!

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