Initial Reviews


Order the Kindle book here: The Secret in Locker 436


TSIL436 = The Secret in Locker 436

Melanie R.

August 26, 2019

It was amazing.

Fascinating concept for a book. I loved the writing style and the character development was excellent. It’s a page-turner for sure! I definitely recommend!

Judy C.

August 27, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

The Ruthie/Ali relationship drew me in big-time and I’d say more about the plot but don’t want to give it away. The writing is elegant, occasionally lyrical, and the 180-some short chapters fly by.

I hope there’s a book 2 since I want to see what happens next (in fact, my two middle school kids are having lively debates about what should happen in their opinion!). My high school days are (very thankfully) behind me but would have definitely gone down any steps I found in my locker, and without a look back.

Recommended for anyone who just wants a fun read.

Amazon Customer

August 28, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition, Verified Purchase

Mike G

August 27, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I loved this YA book. Pace’s story of an underground world populated by high school characters is a must-read. Pace knows how kids think and talk. His characters are three dimensional and come directly from contemporary America. Get this book!

Bailey Jennings

September 4, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchas

Riveting.  Read it in two sittings only interrupted by a conference call I couldn’t avoid.  The teens end up together in this basement world and the story unfolds fast.  I like that the author ties it to what (I Googled) are indeed historical events, like a German Prisoner Camp during WW2 near Tucson, Arizona.  The character that resonates most with me is Ruthie, a tenth-grader who comes from the wrong side of the tracks and has no parents or siblings.  She evolves in ways I did not expect when with three other teenagers she crosses time and geography.  There’s romance in this story, and conflict, especially given that the teens travel to a time that is less than open to people of color.  I heard once you should cherish the family you are given — that’s what “TSIL436” is about and it’s a winner from the first to the last words.

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