Joyce McPherson, The Pandora Device (Create Space, 2016)

The Pandora Device tells the story of Stella, who longs to find the truth about her parents. Her grandmother won’t talk about them, but now that Stella’s in sixth grade, she needs answers. When a rusty box provides a clue to the camp where they met, she is determined to go. From the moment she arrives, Camp Hawthorne’s secret draws her into extraordinary possibilities she never knew existed. And despite warnings to leave the past alone, she uncovers a mystery linked to her mother and father. Now she must decide how much she will risk to find the truth.

Stella’s journey is full of twists, turns, and intrigue, and yet McPherson keeps the emotional core of the story centered on the indomitable human spirit and its capacity for love.” 

—Kashmira Sheth, author of Boys without Names 

“The Pandora Device is filled with all the ingredients one needs for a rollicking adventure: mad scientists, special powers, a desperate search for missing parents, and...American History? Who knew! Joyce McPherson has created a world at Camp Hawthorne that you will not soon forget, and probably wish you'd attended.”

—David Yoo, author of The Detention Club