The Secret Keepers

The Secret Keepers

Book - 2016
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
When Reuben discovers an antique watch that was mortared into the wall, he soon learns it has a secret power. As one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure, and with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, Reuben must outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions, in order to save the city from a terrible fate.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316389556
0316389552
Characteristics: 501 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sudyka, Diana - Illustrator

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aaansari
Jul 27, 2017

A really satisfying or unsatisfying book. When Rueben finds a magic watch that can turn anyone invisible, he must find the other watch, an exact twin of his, before The Smoke steals both and finds a way to become immortal and rule over the city. He will have to avoid the Directions, four different men staring in four different directions, traps, and the Smoke himself. A truly one of a kind tale. You either hate it or love it.

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Megn
Mar 29, 2017

Very middling for this author. The premise/concept is really great! But the writing is just kind of okay, and mostly I kept reading constantly to find out what happens. The only interesting character is really just the main. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as the Mysterious Benedict Society.
Also after the first chapter I began to refer to it as "the Adventures of Parkour Boy" lol

KCLS_RobinH Mar 27, 2017

A lengthy read of 500 pages, this cat and mouse chase records Reuben's discovery of an antique invisibility watch, which must be kept from the dastardly owner of it's twin, or risk losing his only family, his mother. Lighthouses, tunnels, trap doors, an ancient family or Pennys and Jacks, and a clever watchmaker are involved. A paranoia-making tale, this will keep you curious to see if Reuben survives.

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black_chicken_135
Dec 30, 2016

If you loved the Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this book. The action goes at just the right pace and the characters are well developed. There is just enough mystery to make it interesting without the mystery taking over the whole book. A very good, balanced book. I would recommend.

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Tabaqui
Nov 29, 2016

Just to clarify, this is not related to The Mysterious Benedict Society at all. That said, I loved this book. I didn't put it down until I finished it. The author is amazingly good at making you feel as if you are in the place where the action is happening, with a minimum of description. The plot was suspenseful, but not frightening. Each of the characters had their flaws and feelings, each was unique and special. Reuben wasn't perfect. He was willing to admit it, though. Evoking the perfect feeling, the accompanying illustrations were slightly caricatured, but not distractingly. A fine book about secrecy, trust, loyalty, and love. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for a nuanced, interesting book.

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orange_eagle_377
Nov 11, 2016

it looks good

RonF_KCMO Nov 07, 2016

Although this is not quite the page-turner that the first "Mysterious Benedict Society" was, this is still a very compelling story of truthfulness and trust, secrets and magic, and the power of desires and possessions.

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Dec 31, 2016

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Dec 30, 2016

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