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The secret keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka

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The secret keepers
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The secret keepers
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by Trenton Lee Stewart ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka
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eng
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"When twelve-year-old Reuben finds a peculiar, magical watch that has the power to turn its wearer invisible, he's propelled on the adventure of a lifetime"--
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ALA Notable Children's Book, 2017
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  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 Up—Parkour practitioner Reuben Pedley has been having a hard time since his mom lost her job and they had to move to a different (and poorer) part of the city. Friendless, he spends his days avoiding the Directions, the enforcement officers of the mysterious Smoke, who runs the city. On one of these afternoons, he finds a very interesting object after getting himself stuck on a ledge while he was supposed to be at home. What he discovers crammed in the masonry of a wall is an extremely old pocket watch that he is certain is worth a large sum and might just help him and his mother leave the poor part of town. Instead, he realizes that the watch has a little bit of magic in it, which gives him a special ability. Regrettably, the Directions learn of the presence of the watch, and they will stop at nothing to bring it to the Smoke. Only Reuben and his newfound friends have what it takes to solve the mystery of the watch and save their city. VERDICT Fans of Stewart's "Mysterious Benedict Society" and series like it will devour his latest novel. This epic story filled with adventure and twists and turns is certain to keep readers' interest from beginning to end.—Wayne R. Cherry Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston --Wayne R. Cherry (Reviewed 07/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 7, p72)
  • /* Starred Review */ It’s summer vacation for 12-year-old Reuben Pedley, a resident of a rundown neighborhood in New Umbra, a city ruled by a mysterious figure known as the Smoke and his minions, the Directions, who constantly patrol the city. While Reuben’s mother is at work, he spends his days exploring; one afternoon, he finds a leather pouch containing a strange antique watch. In attempting to discover the secret of the watch, Reuben attracts the unwanted attention of the Smoke and the Directions. Reuben teams up with Penny and Jack Meyers, descendants of one of the original owners of the watch and keepers of a dark family secret, to outsmart the Smoke and free New Umbra from his clutches. Stewart (the Mysterious Benedict Society series) has created an exciting, fully imagined world filled with mystery and danger, where children can have real adventures without parental supervision. He doesn’t shy from putting the children in true danger, both physical and moral, keeping readers on tenterhooks until the final page. Art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. Illustrator’s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 07/18/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 29, p)
  • A solitary boy with a penchant for finding "spots where no one would ever think to look" finds a mysterious watch and unravels a series of startling secrets.Growing up in shabby New Umbra, white, 11-year-old Reuben lives with his widowed mother. Exploring a precarious ledge, Rueben finds a case containing a spherical watch that enables him to become temporarily invisible. Excited and empowered, Reuben experiments with his secret watch but is worried when he hears that The Smoke, an ambiguous character controlling New Umbra, is desperate to find the watch and has his bullies searching for it. An inscription on the watch case leads Reuben to a lighthouse where a young white girl named Penny reveals a long-kept family secret. Reuben discovers there are really two watches and whoever holds both becomes immortal. Convinced The Smoke already possesses the other watch, methodical Reuben must rely on moxie and wits to confront him on his own turf. Despite the novel's daunting length and Reuben's tendency to overthink everything, there are enough hidden tunnels, concealed traps, enigmatic secrets, hair-raising surprises, quirky characters, and ethical dilemmas to keep the plot buzzing. Sudyka supplies atmospheric black-and-white spot illustrations done in ink and wash. Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007) will welcome Stewart's latest puzzling adventure, whose seemingly ordinary hero proves quite extraordinary. (Adventure. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2016)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10526657
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Stewart, Trenton Lee
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[Fic]
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illustrations
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no index present
Intended audience
820L
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Lexile
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MG
LC call number
PZ7.S8513
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fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 12
Reading level
5.6
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Sudyka, Diana
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True
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Secrecy
  • Invisibility
  • Clocks and watches
  • Magic
  • Good and evil
Target audience
juvenile
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The secret keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka
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"Megan Tingley Books."
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Dimensions
22 cm
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First edition.
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501 pages
Isbn
9780316389556
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2016006406
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rdamedia
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The secret keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Megan Tingley Books."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
501 pages
Isbn
9780316389556
Lccn
2016006406
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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