The Silver Box: An Enchantment Lake Mystery by Margi Preus

I love this fun YA mystery series, featuring teen Francie and her friends. This is the final installment of the series, and focuses on Francie’s search for the truth about her mother.

Here’s the overview:

THE SILVER BOX: An Enchantment Lake Mystery
By Margi Preus
University of Minnesota Press | 264 pages | October 2020
ISBN 978-1-5179-0959-8 | paperback | $19.95

One ominous clue after another reveal that Francie possesses something so rare and so valuable that some people are willing to do anything to get it. 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.

“Margi Preus shows her deep knowledge of and appreciation for Minnesota while telling an engaging story with puzzles and action and heart. The Silver Box is truly a celebration of our state—from its North Woods to its Twin Cities landmarks.” —Kurtis Scaletta, author of Lukezilla Beats the Game

“This is a great end to what was a really enjoyable YA adventure/mystery series. A fun, entertaining read.” —The Book Lover’s Boudoir


Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor–winning Heart of a Samurai. Among her other novels are Village of ScoundrelsShadow on the MountainWest of the Moon, and The Bamboo Sword, as well as the previous two books in the Enchantment Lake series, Enchantment Lake and The Clue in the Trees, which were published by the University of Minnesota Press and received the Midwest Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. She lives in Duluth.

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This is a great “clean read” for middle school and up. I find that University of Minnesota Press offers a large selection of great reads for young readers, often taking place in Minnesota with history/heritage woven in.

Thank you for my review e-copy! I’m sorry it’s the final in the series!

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