Artifacts by Pete Catalano is a new release this month and Catalano's debut novel. This is being marketed as a cross between Goonies, Peter Pan's Lost Boys and fairy tales for middle readers. I'd add it has a touch of The Librarians and Warehouse 13 for inspiration, too. The reader reviews are praising it for its fun for adult readers as well as middle reader boys who don't have as many fairy tale themed books marketed at them. I am considering it for a read together book with my nephew this summer.
It's funny how one little letter can change a person's life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!
At the last moment they're given a way out.
An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.
Thinking they've hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they're really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!
Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.