Any book that Stephen King writes catches my attention but this one has two authors, Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. It is only 170 pages long, but it is an easy read.
The setting is in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The towns name taken from the fictional fort of the same name in William Golding's 1954 novel, Lord of Flies This book is an addition to a collection of books that have been labeled "the Castle Rock saga" and deal with a world gone crazy.
Gwendy, a young innocent girl, is given a special box by a man who appears out of nowhere and is dressed in black on a hot summer day. She is 12 years old at the time and what to do with the box is a challenge. The box has enormous potential for harm but it also can do a lot of good.
The box has special compartments and buttons on the lid that can change events, destroy the world or special places in the world, as well as impact those near Gwendy. It can provide special chocolate and valuable silver dollars and helps her in many ways/
Some of the scary moments that you would expect from Stephen King happen. The story takes Gwendy through collage and her life takes a meaningful lifelong direction because of the box.
See Author Richard Chizmar's web site: StephenChizmar.com
Why two authors was a big question in my mind? Here is the answer:
Richard Chizmar (Tweeter Copy) Exactly one year ago today my friend Stephen King sent me an unfinished short story called “Gwendy’s Button Box.” We played ping pong with the manuscript and a month later we had a novella. I’ve always been a dreamer, but I never dreamed that big.