The Lost Property Office introduces the Section 13 series, and leads readers into the mysterious world of London’s secretive Elder Ministries: the Ministry of Trackers, the Ministry of Secrets, the Ministry of Guilds, and the Ministry of Dragons. Deep beneath the concrete and cobblestones of England’s capital, lie cathedral chambers and dark, rushing rivers, where history, science, and magic converge. Jack Buckles, an American teen, is about to discover his place within it all.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.
But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.
Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?
In The Fourth Ruby, the Section 13 adventure continues as Jack and Gwen are framed for the theft of the Crown Jewels.
It’s been a year since Jack Buckles discovered the Keep beneath Baker Street, an underground tower no Section Thirteen was ever supposed to see; a year since his dad fell into a coma. Nothing has been the same since. Jack’s tracker abilities are on the fritz, Gwen’s not speaking to him and, what’s worse, there’s a pounding voice in his head calling for “the flame.”
Jack and Gwen are framed for the theft of a historic crown jewel—the Black Prince’s Ruby, one of three cursed rubies said to bring knowledge, loyalty, and the command of nations to whomever wields them all. Now, they must retrieve the other gems before the true thief does, or risk unleashing a reign of terror unlike anything history’s ever seen.