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Seekers of the Fox
Thieves of Shadow, Book Two
By (author): Kevin Sands
Kevin Sands


Puffin Canada



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Children: Age (years) 10, Grade (US) 5
Oct 18, 2022
$23.99 CAD


8.56in x 5.81 x 1.22 in | 1.12 lb

Page Count:

400 pages
Puffin Canada
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
A dying friend, a terrible bargain, an underwater quest, and dangerous magic…this thrilling adventure picks up right where Children of the Fox leaves off. Fans of twisty, clever stories like The False Prince and Ocean’s Eleven will love this newest middle-grade series from Kevin Sands, author of the bestselling Blackthorn Key.

Rule number one: Never mess with magic. Even so, a life-or-death situation calls for Callan and his criminal friends to make a deal with the Eye—the sinister, sentient artifact they stole from a sorcerer. It’s Lachlan’s life in exchange for a future task, and the gang has no choice but to agree.

But even as Lachlan is resurrected, it’s not without cost. Through the Eye, Callan can see a tiny purple stain inside Lachlan’s soul, which will eventually consume him. The cure—and their part of the deal—lies with the Dragon’s Teeth, a pair of swords with extraordinary powers, and the search for them leads the thieves on a quest that will unravel the mystery of the Eye. Old friends, new betrayals, and an even more daring break-in than the last culminate in a confrontation that will take all the gang’s skill and power to resist—or they’ll die trying.

Series Overview: Thieves of Shadow is a middle-grade fantasy series about 5 kids with unusual talents.

Book 1: Children of the Fox

Book 2: Seekers of the Fox

Book 3: Champions of the Fox

    IMPRESSIVE SALES TRACK: Kevin Sands’ blockbuster THE BLACKTHORN KEY series has sold well over 100,000 copies.

    MULTIPLE STARRED REVIEWS: Kevin’s writing has been called “spectacular,” “exciting and self-assured,” “thrilling” and “excellent,” and has been described as cutting “across genres to appeal to a wide range of children.”

    NUMEROUS AWARDS & HONORS: Kevin has won multiple awards in both Canada and the US, including the John Spray Mystery Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and has been shortlisted for many others, incuding the Edgar Allan Poe Awards (US) and the Waterstone’s Prize (UK).

    BOTH COMMERCIAL AND LIBRARY: Like his previous series, this hits the sweet spot between trade and library, and he’s already well-known by booksellers and librarians alike.

    STRONG US PARTNER: We are co-publishing this with Viking in the US.

Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, KEVIN SANDS has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, a teacher, and a professional poker player. He lives in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of the bestselling The Blackthorn Key series. 

Author Residence: London, Ontario

Author Hometown: London, Ontario

PRAISE FOR Children of the Fox:

“In a sharp-witted series opener, Sands crafts an adventure with mythological undertones and a heist framework. The protagonists’ natural chemistry as they learn to collaborate and trust one another helps to ground the epic story, especially once it leans more heavily into fantasy elements, while Callan’s narrative voice adds just the right amount of self-aware humor.” 

—Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“This high-energy thriller is perfect for younger fans of Six of Crows, the movie Ocean’s Eleven, and other inside-job narratives. Readers will be sure to delight in narrator Callan’s sharp wit and snappy voice as they are introduced to the rest of the crew and their unusual skills. Cryptic messages, creepy characters, and unexpected but endearing friendships abound.”


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