When Shane and his sister Portia delivered a package from their mom to Mr. Blair at the creepy old Blair mansion, they had no idea what was in it or what adventure awaited them. The package turned out to be a clock. But before they could find out why Mr. Blair was so upset, he disappeared. Then Shane and Portia fell into the cellar, where they found Shane's name on the wall, a lucky penny and their mom. They also found a note telling them to dismantle the clock.
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Portia pulled off the face of the clock and the hands moved to point directly east. Shane looked and saw a map showing a secret passage between his house and Mr. B's house.
"I knew the clock would show us the way!" shouted Mom. But only Shane can enter.
-- Elizabeth Galanti, 9, Herndon
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