"Eleven year old April is a girl with a key in search of a lock. Instead, what she finds is friendship with the four other orphans ensconced at Winterborne House, and Gabriel, the missing-presumed-dead heir to the Winterborne fortune who has been living in a secret lair beneath the mansion for the last 10 years. Oh, and then there's Gabriel's evil Uncle Evert who will do anything to get that key! Which turns out to not even fit a lock, but that's another story...... An exciting start to this mystery series perfect for readers 11+." – Mandy
New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter's middle grade debut is full of mystery, mayhem, and friendship, and will keep you guessing right until the very end.
When 11-year-old April joins a group of kids living at Winterborne Home she doesn't expect to be there for very long. But she soon learns that this home isn't like any of the others - especially when she unearths the secret of the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, Gabriel Winterborne, who is neither missing nor dead but is actually living in a basement lair, sharpening his swords and looking for vengeance.
Now that April knows Gabriel Winterborne is alive, she must turn to the other orphans to keep him that way. As a looming new danger threatens to take Gabriel down once and for all, they must use their individual talents to find a way to make sure this home for misfits isn't lost to them for ever.
Because at the Winterborne Home, nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say they are and nowhere is safe. And now a ragtag group of orphans must unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a supposed phantom and a secret key, all without alerting the adults of Winterborne House that trouble is afoot.
The first book in a captivating new series from the bestselling author of Gallagher Girls.