In Harm's Way (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Series #4)

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The threat to the Keepers doubles in the fourth Keepers of the School adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

Benjamin Pratt and his friends Jill and Robert are determined to save their school from destruction! But just when it seems they’ve finally gotten the upper hand over that awful Janitor Lyman, they’re caught completely off guard by his next move: Lyman has called in reinforcements, and suddenly Benjamin, Jill, and Robert find themselves dodging ...

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Overview

The threat to the Keepers doubles in the fourth Keepers of the School adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

Benjamin Pratt and his friends Jill and Robert are determined to save their school from destruction! But just when it seems they’ve finally gotten the upper hand over that awful Janitor Lyman, they’re caught completely off guard by his next move: Lyman has called in reinforcements, and suddenly Benjamin, Jill, and Robert find themselves dodging not one evil janitor, but two. That’s right: Lyman’s got himself a partner. And it quickly becomes clear that Wally, the new guy, is even more corrupt and menacing than Lyman.

Luckily, Ben’s team has been growing, too. Plus, thanks to the latest safeguard, they also have a secret fund of millions of dollars. But all the money in Massachusetts isn’t enough to stop Lyman and Wally, not when they’ve come this far, and not when they are just about to put the most harmful part of their plan into play. Could the next safeguard give the Keepers what they need—or has their battle to save the school already been sunk?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The fourth (and penultimate) volume in Clements's "Benjamin Pratt & The Keepers of the School" series has Benjamin and his friends Jill and Robert continuing in their battle to save their 200-year-old school from demolition by a corrupt developer bent on transforming their New England seaside community into an amusement park tourist trap. With the clock ticking toward the school's destruction, the trio of Keepers must outwit the Glennley Group's industrial spy, posing as the school's janitor, and unravel the riddle that will lead them to the next of five "safeguards:" resources hidden around the school by the school's founder, Captain Duncan Oakes, in a burst of foresight in 1783. The premise that Captain Oakes would have foreseen the onslaught of threatening development and left obscure rhyming clues to forestall it is undeniably preposterous, and the book does not stand alone but relies on the previous three titles to situate readers in the school-preservation saga. That said, Clements depicts believable, age-appropriate tensions among the differently talented friends as they strategize how to save their beloved school, and young readers are likely to enjoy watching kids their own age entrusted with an $83 million dollar trust fund (conveniently left to them by Captain Oakes) that allows them to buy high-tech gadgets galore to assist them in foiling the nefarious plans of evil grownups. Along the way, Clements gives readers a reason to care about American history and to value an endangered historic school as worthy of heroic rescue. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Adam Stower has a rich imagination and loves fantasy and adventure stories. He studied illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton, and lives with his daughter in Brighton, England.

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