The Key & the Flame

The Key & the Flame

For Ages: 8 - 12
In this middle-grade fantasy adventure, a gutsy girl unlocks a magical universe—and the danger that lies within.

Eleven-year-old Holly Shepard longs for adventure, some escape from her humdrum life. That is precisely what she gets when she is given an old iron key that unlocks a door—in a tree.

Holly crosses the threshold into a stunning and magical medieval world, Anglielle. And as she does so, something unlocks within Holly: a primal, powerful magic. Holly is joined on her journey by two tagalongs—her younger brother Ben, and Everett, an English boy who hungers after Holly’s newfound magic and carries a few secrets of his own.When Ben and Everett are sentenced to death by the royals, whose fear of magic has fueled a violent, systemic slaughter of all enchanted creatures, Holly must save them and find a way back home. But will she be able to muster the courage and rise above her ordinary past to become an extraordinary hero?
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442457416 | 
  • April 2013 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 690L

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The fantastical adventures continue—this time with pirates—in the magical sequel to The Key & the Flame, which Publishers Weekly called “sprightly” and “exciting.”It’s been a year since Holly and Ben Shepard first traveled to England and journeyed with their friend Everett to a fantastical realm called Anglielle. Now Holly and Ben are back, hoping to again join Everett and return to the land ruled by a ruthless king and sorcerer who have outlawed magic....

About the Author

Claire M. Caterer
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Claire M. Caterer

Claire M. Caterer is the author of The Key & the Flame and its sequel The Wand & the Sea. She lives in Kansas with her family. Visit her at