She stood up, examining the key in the street. It was very tiny, very golden, and very sparkly. The handle was fine and delicate, woven in some pattern the girl did not recognize. It looked more toy than anything.
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INTRODUCTION OVERVIEW This study covers the world outlook for silver jewelry and jewelry made by cladding platinum metals and karat gold to silver across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the…
Still, a key is one of those objects that hold such promise, and promise such mystery, that it was all but impossible for the girl to not do what she did, which was pocket the key and take it home with her. Perhaps she should have known that keys are a very dangerous type of thing indeed, because every dangerous thing has a key to open it. But she was just a little girl, and the key was so small and so bright and so cheery, that we cannot fault her for taking it, whereupon she promptly forgot about it until later that night.
New-to-town Lucy Silver has enough on her plate, thank-you-very-much: a new school, a heartbroken father, and a very bossy maid named Peggy. So when she finds a small gold key in the street one morning, she pockets it without much thought of the consequences.
That is, until the Wicked Witch shows up.
Now, together with Frederick Holtwood, a young boy with a missing family fortune, Lucy must discover the secrets of the key before the Wicked Witch can use it for evil—an easy enough feat, Lucy thinks, if they could just find out what the key opens and why everyone, from the king of thieves to a whining princess, want to get their hands on it.
What Lucy doesn’t expect is just how connected the key’s secrets are to her own family—the reason, in fact, that she was able to find the key in the first place. With time running out, Lucy and Frederick must uncover the mystery of the key, and save those whose fates are tied to it, before it is too late...