“This one is much more action packed than the one before. The school and all is about to be saved!!! Yes!”see full review » see other reviews »
“When I first started reading this book, I didn't realize it was part of a series and I was starting with book 3. Although, I don't think that mattered too much to me, it might to a middle school reader who wants the whole story-an adult can most likely piece it together for the story to make sense...although it did make me curious what book 4 holds.
Benjamiin Pratt and the Keepers of the School, The Whites of their Eyes picks up where Ben and his best friend, and later-on hearthrob, Jill are testing the limits of the school janitor who they believe is on to their scheme to uncover some hidden secrets about thier school. They must solve a series of problems and with hesitation, take on another investigator Robert. Robert proves himself to be very smart and helpful in the quest to solve the mysteries of thier school. Ben, Jill and Robert sneek into to the school, go where no student has gone before, get chased down by a ravenous dog, and take the reader on many adventures that will keep the pages turning. In the end, they discover their school was once part of the underground railroad and they uncover a multi-million dollar account in the name of the presenter of a key--a key they had uncovered. The only blip is that the money must be used for thier school. The book ends before you know what they do with their knowledge, the money or their new relationships with each other. I guess I'll just have to read book 4 to find out...
This book is great for grades 4-5. It is filled with adventure, mystery and friendships. This would be a good reccomendation to reluctant readers, and it is part of a series which keeps the readers interest from book to book. ”
“great!!! a third!!
loved the 1st and 2nd soo...”
Overall, I thought that Keith Nobbs did a pretty fair job at narrating this book. His girl voices could use a little work, but then again it's tough to be a girlish girl when you have a deeper voice :). I accept that. His pacing is spot on, and I loved the way that he would pause for dramatic effect at important points. Nobbs also does a great job at intoning danger and excitement.
Audio Book Rating: 4/5 - It's a great listen!
First off I find it only fair to say that I wasn't really paying attention to the fact that this was the third book in the series. I'm a long time fan of Andrew Clements, and when I saw The Whites of Their Eyes I knew I wanted to read it! So, I picked it up. Unfortunately for me that meant I came in at the middle of the story. I'll warn you, this is not a stand alone book. I had to go back and pick up pieces from the other two in order to understand what was going on. If you're looking at this series, make sure to start from the beginning!
That being said, I was pleased to see that Ben and his friends fit so wonderfully into the world of Clements' writing. They are vivid, funny, and smart. His characters always know how to hold their own. In particular (and I may be a little biased) I loved Jill. She not only has the wit to keep up with Ben, but a lot of the good ideas they come up with start with her. These two are fun to follow, even when they head off into dangerous situations. It's nice to see a female and male main character who both shine so boldly off the page.
The story does move a little more slowly than most books geared toward this age group generally do. There is a lot of historical background, and Ben does a lot of explaining about what his mission is. I had no problem with it as an older listener/reader, but I'm not sure that the younger audience would be as patient. Still, once the story picks up it does it very well! Clements' writing shines as Ben and Jill take off on a hunt for the ultimate treasure, and try to find a way to save their school from being torn down.
As a last comment, I really think that this installment should be coupled with the other two in one entire book. This was a short read, and it would be nice for readers to be able to get the entire story in one fell swoop. Despite everything though, I really did end up enjoying the story overall! If you have a young reader who loves adventure, pick up a copy of The Whites of Their Eyes and Ben's previous two adventures.”
“This one is much more action packed than the one before. The school and all is about to be saved!!! Yes!”Captain Luca wrote this review Sunday, April 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There's a lot going on in this series. It's a mystery-and a bit of a puzzle mystery, so kids can play along. It's an adventure with plenty of action and excitement. But there are unexpected touches that I really like. Ben and Jill and learning to get along with the obnoxious "know-it-all" in their class in book 3. They've brought him on board as the third keeper in their little band and Ben discovers things about Robert's life he never imagined. And Ben himself is still coping with his parent's separation. These touches bring realism to the series and help kids relate to Ben and Jill.”Dolores S wrote this review Friday, April 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another winner by Clements. His characterization is great, including the twists and turns that we learn about the characters throughout the book. And in this mystery, there are enough false starts and unexpected surprises to keep me and my girl interested. The only problem: at this rate there will be four more books (at least) before the series is over, which means Rebekah will be a teenager by the time we figure out if Ben and Jill and now Robert are able to save the school. ”Michael H wrote this review Friday, January 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looks really good! Excited to read. ”Mary Grace Curran wrote this review Monday, October 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No