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New York City, New York, United States

The book starts on the outskirts of New York City, moves into Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, through Amsterdam and into Leiden, the Netherlands.

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The book/movie begins in present day New York City and moves to the Netherlands, also present day. There are historical locations and past moments used throughout the body of work.
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Elizabeth Yale, 15, and her grandfather, Jack, join forces with a cursed antique typewriter in hopes of decoding guarded secrets of their family's past. What's uncovered has the ability to break a nation, a royal throne, and disrupt a menacing secret society charged with keeping a dark curse.


Everything changes the sweltering summer of 2007 for now fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Yale. When Elizabeth's father, Jesse, dies suddenly and with little explanation, her happy existence is ripped apart. Her grandfather, Jack Yale, disappears in the middle of the night, unable to deal with the death of his son.

After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth's fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG!

Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets. Each secret leads them deeper into a haunted past. To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang machine. The pair takes off on an ancestral search that leads them into the underground tunnels of the New York City Public Library, hopping a flight to Leiden, the Netherlands, and coming face to face with the very dangers that killed Elizabeth's father.

What the duo finds challenges the most basic assumptions of their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth's father's death. For each victory, another tragic twist lies in wait.

The ultimate goal is to remove the curse, but the question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission?

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  • Mackenzie Foy
    Mackenzie Foy as Elizabeth Yale
    Female 15 Years old
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  • Odette Annable
    Odette Annable as Laurel Yale
    Female Late 30's Years old
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  • Jeremy Irons
    Jeremy Irons as Jack Yale
    Male Early to mid 60 Years old
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  • Royal Typewriter
    Royal Typewriter as The Whizbang Machine
    Other centuries old Years old
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