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Keeper Chance and the Conundrum of Chaos

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About The Book

For graduates of Percy Jackson comes the adventure-filled story of an average boy offered a life of villainy that’s about good vs. evil, mischief vs. mayhem, and making your mark on the world, by acclaimed author Alex Evanovich.

If you’ve ever lost a sock in the dryer, it might have been the work of the Evil Villains International League, EVIL. And if your feet smell so bad, they keep you from making friends, good news! You might be invited to join.

After growing up in the care of his nagging grandmother and coasting through school with a mediocre GPA, Keeper Chance gets invited to try out for a spot in his local chapter of EVIL. Keeper’s not sure his unremarkable life makes him villain material, but things get more remarkable, and fast, when Keeper and another new recruit, Toby, face the chapter’s first test—and disasters begin to snowball.

As cookies and members of EVIL go missing, a mysterious girl named Y who doesn’t miss anything joins Keeper and Toby’s efforts. Despite the urgency of his mission, Keeper still can’t shake the question of why he was chosen for the league when he’s nothing special.

As Keeper races against the clock to save his new friends, nothing is easy, and nothing is ever as it seems. Can he uncover his true nature in time to ensure the survival of villainy—or does his true destiny follow a different path?

About The Author

Photograph © Daniel Turbert

Alex Evanovich lives in North Carolina with her family. Her favorite Hobbit is Samwise Gamgee. The Sorting Hat says she’s a Ravenclaw. Her favorite Darth Maul is the one from Star Wars: The Clone Wars with giant robot legs. And she’s never rolled a nat 20.

Why We Love It

“This adventure-driven, heart-pounding, backyard mystery is filled with twists and turns and good ol’ fashion fun. Readers will eagerly hop in Toby’s car as they race against the clock to uncover the villain behind the disappearances of the beloved Cookie Maven and the villains of chapter 626, all while learning how to trusts their instincts and own their skills.”

—Krista V., Executive Editor, on Keeper Chance and the Conundrum of Chaos

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 3, 2024)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665960045
  • Ages: 10 - 99

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“A buddy book, a coming of age, and a hint of romance that is for anyone and everyone with an inner, or outer, child to celebrate. Keeper Chance is brilliant, brave, and most of all… fun. I wish I had written this book.”

Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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