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Search for Safety (Bluford High Series #13)
     

Search for Safety (Bluford High Series #13)

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by John Langan
 

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Search for Safety tells the story of Ben McKee, a new sophomore at Bluford High School. At home, Ben is living a nightmare. His mother has married Larry, an abusive man who wants nothing to do with his stepson. And when Larry loses his job and starts drinking, Ben finds himself - and his mother - in grave danger.

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Search for Safety tells the story of Ben McKee, a new sophomore at Bluford High School. At home, Ben is living a nightmare. His mother has married Larry, an abusive man who wants nothing to do with his stepson. And when Larry loses his job and starts drinking, Ben finds himself - and his mother - in grave danger.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Elaine J. O'Quinn
The most recent book in the Bluford Series is a quick but serious read. Teens who are familiar with the novels will be waiting for this latest episode in the life of students at Bluford High. Although the setting is one with which urban students perhaps will identify best, the problems of main character Ben McKee are ones that teens everywhere recognize as all-too familiar. As Ben finds himself moving from a safe and sane world into one of violence and secrets meant to protect, he tries to figure out how to deal with issues that all too often characterize the lives of many young people. An abusive stepfather, bullying, the stress of insufficient income, and an adult world that teens sometimes feel helpless against as it butts up against their own lives are all at center stage in this short novel that has sizable impact. Of equal significance, however, are the adults who come to Ben's rescue. As Ben tries to cover what is happening at home, an insightful aunt and observant neighbor recognize that something is terribly amiss in Ben's life. In the end, their vigilance will restore peace and safety not only to Ben but also to his mother whom he knows has made decisions that she hoped would benefit them both. There is an audience for the Bluford books. They offer hope against extremely tough odds, and teens will be drawn to the stories for that very reason.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417783977
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Series:
Bluford High Series , #13
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
320,469
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Search for Safety (Bluford High Series #13) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book but it is really sad. It catches your attention after the first page. Really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book soooo much. It is mostly about a boy,named Ben, has an abusive step father named Larry. Larry beats on Ben and his mom alot in the story. In the book i was really mad @ Larry for beating on a kid and a woman; and Ben's mom, Geneva, for not being wise. I'm not going 2 spoil the book so i will stop here. I do recommend this book for eveyone expecially the ones who has dealt with abuse. Thank-you so much for reading my post. ;)
princetonsgirl More than 1 year ago
very sad alot of violence but i couldent stop reading it i managed to finish it in one day without stoping if your lookin for a dramatic and razy story read this book it will catch your attenion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great boook buy it nigggggahhhhhs&crackerrrrzz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a story that can really get to your heart! I personaly would recomnend this book to ages 11 and up! Anyone getting ready to begin this book hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book if you like dramas i will sudjest this book to you.it is a DRAMA book and also misterious because you dont know what Larry is going to do next. thx for reading my review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a really great book you should get it. REALLY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great but it made me cry everytime i read it. I think what makes u cry is when u start to imagin the pain ben went through instead of seeing it in a movie. I reccommend this book but have tissues handy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and its make me cry its lets people know even the young ones that have courage and adult you trust to help you.
karllarose More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, I think this book is great. As I was reading this, I couldn't put it down. Even in class nothing could distract me. This book shows me how there are kids that struggle with moving with their one parent to a new location with the parents new mate.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bridget Short 12/4/09 Search for Safety review I liked this book, because it was an overall good book. The main character Ben Mckee is having family trouble, his mom and her new husband just got married and they moved to a small rundown house, and a new school, Bluford high. Ben hides the bruises and he needs to get away from his raging stepfather, Larry. I recommend this book to you because it is a really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could you imagine your stepfather hurting you and your mom? I liked this book it is very interesting to read. Ben is small and helpless when hurt comes his way. His stepfather is calling him names like Benny boy. Ben is being brutally abused along with his mother. She says it will go away. But when the abusment doesn't go away aunt Fay steps in to help. Does Larry get caught or not? Read this book to find out!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book Search for safety is mostly for teenagers 13-16 who like reading books with action and excitement. The author Paul Langen did a good job in writing this book. The book search for safety is about a teenager Ben Mckee that¿s going to a new school. His stepdad Larry just got married to his mom, and he can tell that Larry doesn¿t like Ben that much. He finds out how much Larry doesn¿t like him when Larry starts abusing Ben and his mother. Ben goes to school and get¿s notices by his friends and teachers because of his bruises on his face and the way he¿s been acting. Ben get¿s a job at a local grocery store and is likes working their. Later when the store get¿s robbed he has a hint that the robber is one of Larry¿s friends. I enjoyed reading this book since I started and it was hard to put the book down. This book is about what happens to some teenagers everyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was too short but it was a good book. I liked almost every part, but it could've been better. It was basically about a teenange boy who moves in with his new step father. Later he starts abusing him phisically and verbally.Along the way Ben meets new people and makes some very intresting friends. This book was'nt as great as I thought it would be.Search for Safety I would say would be a good book for spare reading. Or on a boring day. Setting aside my opinions i would have to say that this book overall was great and very suspenseful!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't really enjoy reading this book like I thought I would. A couple of my friends recommended that I should read this book, but once I started reading it, I was bored. In the book Search For Saftey, Ben's mother got re-married to a man name Larry Taylor. Larry Taylor is an abusive alcholic that recently lost his job. Shortly after Ben's mother got married Ben and his mother moved out of his Aunt Fay's house to live with Larry. Larry would always pick a fight with Ben and usually ends up abusing Ben physically and mentally. If you want to know what happened to Larry Taylor, Ben McKee, and his mother then you should read this book and find out if Ben survived the abuse incident or not.