The peaceful civilization of Valorim is under siege . . . itâ™s about to fall to the dark Lord Mondus. In a panic, a few heroes bind all their worldâ™s beauty into one precious necklace and hurl it into the cosmos. All the way into the lunchbox of sixth-grader Tommy Pepper of Plymouth, Massachusetts. He puts it on. Soon Tommy starts doodling strange pictures and hearing strange music. But Tommy, whose mother has just died and whose little sister isnâ™t speaking, barely even notices whatâ™s happening at first. Gary D. Schmidt masterfully presents the epic story of a family trying to redefine itself in the wake of tragedy.
In a desperate attempt for survival, a peaceful civilization on a faraway planet besieged by a dark lord sends its most precious gift across the cosmos into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Massachusetts.