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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Benjamin Pratt's task force of Keepers is three kids strong with the addition of bold strategist and sometimes irritating know-it-all Robert Gerritt in the previous book, and the reinforcement comes none too soon. Though Lyman—the janitor secretly working for Glennley Group to prevent Ben, Jill, Robert, and the adult Keepers from saving the historical Captain Duncan Oakes School from the wrecking ball this summer—quickly found out Robert had joined the opposing team, the Keepers continue to le Benjamin Pratt's task force of Keepers is three kids strong with the addition of bold strategist and sometimes irritating know-it-all Robert Gerritt in the previous book, and the reinforcement comes none too soon.

Though Lyman—the janitor secretly working for Glennley Group to prevent Ben, Jill, Robert, and the adult Keepers from saving the historical Captain Duncan Oakes School from the wrecking ball this summer—quickly found out Robert had joined the opposing team, the Keepers continue to leverage their new associate for all he's worth.

However, Lyman has added an assistant of his own. The new complementary janitor, Wally, is no true custodian of the Keeper lineage instituted by Captain Oakes in the late s to protect the school against attack by people who would steal the lovely seaside property from the kids. Less than two weeks remain before Glennley's takeover of the school is complete, and Ben, Jill, and Robert must complete their search for the "safeguards" left hidden by Captain Oakes for a day when they'd be needed to pull his namesake school back from the brink of destruction.

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If they can find all five safeguards, surely at least one of them will make the town reconsider demolishing the school, but searching the building without Lyman or Wally seeing what they're up to is nearly impossible. Time is running out for the Keepers. A seasoned spy, Lyman won't continue to challenge Ben in ways that aren't working. He varies his repertoire to shake up his sixth-grade opponents, but a trio is harder to scare off than a lone wolf.

Diversifying their own tactics, Ben, Jill, and Robert find a way to look around the school for brief periods without Lyman or Wally tailing them, and are rewarded with a strong lead on the third safeguard.

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Actually locating it turns out to be tricky until Ben gets an idea, approaching the puzzle from another angle. The problem is that he goes it alone, choosing not to inform Jill or Robert, and one minor slip-up leads to a showdown with the two fake janitors, who are eager to halt Ben's progress by proving he's broken school rules. The other Keepers come through to even the score, but the skirmish has a steep price.

Lyman and Wally seem at ease around school now, not bothering to follow the Keepers. Do they know something that will give them a decisive edge over the guardians of Captain Oakes's legacy? As the weekend approaches for a boat race competition that Ben and Robert have been training for, the kids are still trying to figure out why Lyman and Wally are so confident, but they don't have long to correctly guess the janitors' next move.

If they don't anticipate it soon enough, the battle for the school could end this weekend. We the Children , the first book of the series, starts with Ben as the only active Keeper, sought out by Mr.


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Keane the janitor right before he passed away. Ben takes the charge to defend his school from corporate marauders seriously, but the burden is unmanageable until he lets Jill in on the secret. Dispersing the weight of responsibility turns out to be a smart move, and every time Ben adds another Keeper, it works out well. There's the janitor before Mr. Keane, Tom Benton; Mr.

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Keane's widow; and of course, Robert Gerritt. In Harm's Way continues the trend as more people are brought in on the deal, and the stronger the coalition of Keepers grows, the better their odds of upsetting Glennley's agenda. Rescuing the school is a risky, audacious, high-skill operation, making a quote shared by Ben's father particularly apropos: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way. When you commit to a daring endeavor, you accept the danger that goes with it. Don't settle for less than your best, because fast, agile ships and minds win wars.

Ben has several sleek "ships" at his disposal, allies who love Captain Duncan Oakes School as much as he does, and they're just now gearing up for the final battle. It all ends in the next book, We Hold These Truths. As one piece in a five-book puzzle, In Harm's Way can't stand on its own, but it is beautifully paced and features some exciting scenes. The transition to the conclusion of the series is evident, and the next book is the longest by a substantial margin. There's a good chance I'd rate In Harm's Way two and a half stars, and you'll have a hard time not reaching for book five immediately after finishing this one.

I look forward to what happens next for Ben and the Keepers. I wish them luck, wisdom, and fortitude in their selfless quest; they'll need all three to win the day. I'll see you at the next book. Jan 09, Ko rated it really liked it. Great series - both the boys and I have been enjoying this series. I am totally enjoying this series.

Exciting, clever, and connected to real history. Oct 14, Steven R. This was my twelfth book by Andrew Clements in under a year. I can freely admit that along with Chris d'Lacey are currently my favorite middle grade authors. I have been alternating between them and reading a book a week over the summer and into the fall. Between d'Lacey and Clements their styles are very different. For Andrew Clements for the most part his books are written in a very realistic style. But this series is the excepting to that rule. I have read the first four books in this series This was my twelfth book by Andrew Clements in under a year.

I have read the first four books in this series in just over a month and eagerly anticipate the wrap up in book 5 shortly. These books follow directly one after the other, starting with Fear Itself, then We the Children, followed by The Whites of Their Eyes, and then this volume. Things have gotten desperate if the kids want to save Oakes School will be demolished in 11 days and the property turned into a theme park. But the good news is the team of Keepers is growing, we now have the three children, and they are following the clues to Captain Oakes safeguards to save the school.

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But the enemy is getting even nastier. Lyman the fake janitor has called in reinforcements, Wally has hidden cameras around the school and he and Lyman have taken to following the children even outside of school. The Glennley group has even offered to make Ben's mom rich by offering he an exclusive real estate contract, and they have threatened Jill's father's finances.

But the team is growing closer together, and as mentioned it is growing. With the access to assets left for them they now have legal counsel, and are working all angles to save the school. But will it be enough? Do they have enough time to solve the clues get the help and save their school and maybe even their community? The deeper themes that appeared in the last book are worked upon even more in this volume. The three friends growing closer together!

Both Ben and Robert realize that their years of competitiveness were fed by misunderstandings. They really are gelling into a team and dealing with many of their personal life issues from the present and the past. Adam Stower has does some more wonderful illustrations to supplement the story.

There are a number of full pages illustrations and also numerous smaller pieces throughout the book. In the eBook edition all the pictures are done in black and green. With each volume the action picks up, and the books grow more intense. It leaves you hungry to figure out what will happen next. And after finishing this book there is only one to go. The greatest strengths of Clements writings in this series and others I have read are the characters and their personal development because of what they go through. The big difference in this series is we have three main characters, Ben, Robert and Jill.

And each of them is growing and together they are helping each other in more ways than they originally expected. I have been hooked on Clements books for a while now I am really enjoying this series and can highly recommend it. This is another great read by a gifted author! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Personal Response I like the book because it is interesting. The book is funny to read because of all the things the kids do to save the school from being torn down. This book is also good because it includes things from history. So it connects the past to the present. The kid are trying to save the school from being torn down. They are trying to fight the glattly group.

The kids are looking around the school for safe card in the school. All t Personal Response I like the book because it is interesting. All the kids look for help from a lot of people. Recommendation I recommend this book to middle school kid, years old. The book will be more interesting to these kids because it seems like a lower level book. View 1 comment. Oct 01, Faith rated it really liked it.

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Jan 21, Barrette Plett rated it really liked it. A solid book -- probably second- or third-best in the series after book 5 and maybe book 2. Good pace and good developments. With each book I understand more about the mystery and I appreciate how tightly the past and present are woven. It is amazing that Captain Oakes could have enough foresight to put the perfect safeguards in place to preserve his wishes some years later, but he did. And that means that though times change and progress is made people and human nature are essentially the same through history.

Glennley Group is silently spreading their tentacles of influence across Eastport while trying to find every innocent way possible to silently remove the Keepers. They will work every angle to stop the Keepers to capitalize on their investment no matter how slimy the move may be. Ben, Jill and Robert have to be constantly on guard and constantly planning to stay one step ahead. The stakes are high — life or death, and yet the keepers are committed to keeping the school safe just as Captain Oakes had asked.

This series causes you to think and question. Sometimes a personal goal has to be set aside for the common good. What is the true price of progress? Are immediate gains worth the lasting, irretrievable outcomes? Benjamin Pratt and his friends Jill and Robert are determined to save their school from destruction! Plus, thanks to the latest safeguard, they also have a secret fund of millions of dollars. Andrew Clements has a nice website with a video about how he came up with the idea for the series that would be fun to share with those reading the books.

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Jun 05, Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook-jukebox , adolescent-audio-adventures , juvenile-fiction. Benjamin, Jill, and Robert are still working hard to stop Lyman and his new janitor buddy. The technology is still present and they're tracking the children as well as plotting to take down the school their way.

Ben, Jill, and Robert need to uncover the clues and catch the fake janitors red handed I cannot wait for each book to appear on the shelf in the this series. The characters stay true in each book. The mystery unfolds and more people are drawn into the mission to save the school. Book 4 involved more mystery than boating. The boating race didn't play too much except at the very end when there was a race, which was interrupted with a school emergency. As always, the book ends on a cliff hanger and the mystery continues. I cannot wait for the next Keepers of the School book! Again, Keith Nobbs returns to read!

I'm still enjoying his rendition of the characters and the dynamics of his voice. Keep up the good work, Keeper Keith! Reviewed from an Audiobook Jukebox copy. Jul 08, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: books-read , children-s-books , mystery. Spoiler Alert I love Andrew Clements writing, but this book was frustrating. Benjamin and the rest of the Keepers find another clue, one that insures more support from the community.

The keepers, save the school from destruction and we are led only to find we have one more book to go with only a couple of days of school to go! Everything seems to hang in the balance on one day Monday and we have to wait for book 5 to find out what happens. I was totally frustrated. Yes, the Keepers of the School did advance in their search for more clues and managed to draw in more nautical terms that applied to the school, involve a couple more adults and swear them to the secret of the school and reveal more about the evil janitors.

I always did wonder why janitors hung out in those smelly closets! However this book went almost nowhere with the advancement of the story, totally frustrating. Equally frustrating was to see Ben sail off course once again during his sail boat race - a move that was unnecessary in my opinion. Another fun installment of the series but I'm starting to be really bugged by the publishers format - each book is really just 3 or 4 chapters-worth of a long book.

It makes the plot feel a bit strained thinking that Clements has to pull out this part of the story to fill certain amount of pages. The books are small and have large margins and really should have all been put in one book and save the money for the consumers and the resources to publish it. Thank goodness for the library so we don' Another fun installment of the series but I'm starting to be really bugged by the publishers format - each book is really just 3 or 4 chapters-worth of a long book.

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