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Mystery of the Rusty Key (Australia 2)


by Janelle Diller

Welcome to Australia!
Wendy, Chloe, and Jacko must unravel four spooky clues: an ancient letter, a rusty key, a missing box, and a curse. The kids race against time to solve the mystery before the clock strikes midnight.


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Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 3
Lexile Measure: 530L
F&P Text Level: O
Series: Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures – Australia 2
Length: 126 pages
Published: December 28, 2018
Paperback: 978-1-936376-58-2 | 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches | $6.99
Hardcover: 978-1-936376-59-9 | 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches | $16.99
Kindle and ePub formats coming soon
Awards: 2014 and 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner – Best Chapter Book Series, 2017 CIPA Evvy Award Winner – Children’s Story Books, 2017 Literary Classics Gold Award Winner – Best Series Young Reader


About Pack-n-Go Girls
Designed by girls for girls who love to play and travel, Pack-n-Go Girls engages the imagination of children ages 6-9 by introducing them to different countries around the world. Pack-n-Go Girls early chapter book adventures are packed with spooky mysteries, international friendships, and lots of fun and easy multicultural learning. Check out the Pack-n-Go Girls website for more learning fun and FREE learning activities:

Additional Information

Paperback, Hardcover

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Mystery of the Rusty Key (Australia 2)

  1. WorldTrek Publishing

    Wendy accompanies her friends Chloe and Jack and their mom to visit Chloe’s great aunt in Sydney, Australia. Aunty Pauline warns them about a curse on the family, and gives them an old letter and an equally old rusty key. The letter, written by Chloe’s great-great-great-grandfather on his deathbed, tells his descendant to safeguard the key, which unlocks a box which contains instructions to end the curse… But where’s the box now? Since this story is set in Sydney, we get a mention of the Sydney Opera House, and Diller also works in several facts about Australia’s settler history, And I love that the kids solve this mystery by showing courage, ingenuity, persistence–and by doing some solid research in the local library. I asked my eleven-year-old to read both books (Australia 1 and 2) and he much preferred the second installment, as the mystery was more intricate, and the story more fast-paced. I think younger readers might have the opposite reaction. As for the very old reader – hey, I have no preferences, and found both books hugely enjoyable. The author does a great job of teaching kids about Australia, and an equally awesome job of showing strong young girls doing their thing. Recommended! – Brown Paper Blog

  2. WorldTrek Publishing

    I was fortunate to have advance access to the next book in the Pack-n-Go Girls Australia. Immediately after reading The Mystery of Min Min Lights I read The Mystery of the Rusty Key because the Pack-n-Go series is really something to explore more. It continues in The Mystery of Rusty Key. It highlights the mysteries of a curse, an old letter, and a rusty key. Wendy, Chloe, and Jack return in a much adventure packed trip in getting the bottom of the mystery. Diller had placed the sneaky education theme throughout the book. And these educational facts woven once again adjunct to the worldly and timely setting these characters are in. And the illustrations in the books were wonderfully expressive. 4 Stars – Bookish Wisps

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