Chapter 1: The Box
Qwerty Stevens found the box at four o'clock in the afternoon on October 18. He would always remember the date because it was the day after his thirteenth birthday.
He found the box right after he'd had another one of those arguments with his mother. She
said he had gone over to Joey Dvorak's house without getting permission first. He
said he had asked for permission. She said "maybe" did not mean "yes."
He said, she said. The next thing anybody knew, Qwerty's mother was saying that he was grounded.
Mrs. Stevens wasn't mean. She just seemed
mean sometimes. It was hard for her,...