Parents' Guide to

The Secret Keepers

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slow-building, clever mystery with invisibility and traps.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Good book but not Trenton Lee Stewart's best

Great book for a mystery

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Clever, thoughtful readers who are patient with slow-building stories will be rewarded beyond measure with this world of invisibility watches, booby-trapped mansions, and well-guarded family secrets. The Secret Keepers has that feel of a superhero origin story at the beginning, as Reuben figures out how to wield his new power of invisibility. It shifts gears when Reuben heads toward the lighthouse to figure out the watch's secrets. Enter Penny and her eccentric family who run the lighthouse. If you've read author Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, you know how great he is at developing eccentric characters. Reuben's refusal to trust them right away makes for the slowest part of the book.

It takes some real nail-biting danger to get Reuben to come around and find his partners in crime. Penny is the perfect predictable sidekick, and her devil-may-care brother Jack is a wonderful surprise. Even as the conclusion fills with booby traps and some major sleuthing genius, the story stays just as thoughtful. We get to feel for the loneliness of the enemy, the Smoke, through Reuben's eyes as he tours the Smoke's home. We ponder along with Reuben what the power he holds can do in the wrong hands. The Secret Keepers is one of those books you can read multiple times and still discover a new layer.

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