In Harm’s Way is the fourth of five books in Andrew Clements’ Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series. With each book I understand more about the mystery and I appreciate how tightly the past and present are woven. It is amazing that Captain Oakes could have enough foresight to put the perfect safeguards in place to preserve his wishes some 200 years later, but he did. And that means that though times change and progress is made people and human nature are essentially the same through history.
The Glennley Group is pulling out all the stops to keep Benjamin, Jill and Robert from succeeding. The discovery in the last book of the authentic Underground Railroad station slow the demolition plans, but didn’t stop them. Glennley Group is silently spreading their tentacles of influence across Eastport while trying to find every innocent way possible to silently remove the Keepers. They’ve placed a second janitor at the school so they are easier to follow and they’ve worked out ways to worm themselves closer to their parents. They will work every angle to stop the Keepers to capitalize on their investment no matter how slimy the move may be. Ben’s mom has been “chosen” as the relator to show the condominiums that will be built when the theme park is built. Jill’s dad has been “convinced” to invest heavily in Gleenley Group stocks. He’ll make a fortune when Tall Ships Ahoy theme park is completed. Signs of Glennley Group’s presence and influence are everywhere from the massive yacht docked at the pier to the silent sport car appearing on the street outside their homes. Ben, Jill and Robert have to be constantly on guard and constantly planning to stay one step ahead. The stakes are high – life or death, and yet the keepers are committed to keeping the school safe just as Captain Oakes had asked.
This series causes you to think and question. Friends come from unlikely places if you’re willing to give them a chance. Though you may want to work alone, when you’re open better things almost always come from collaboration. The saying “two heads are better than one” is true. Sometimes a personal goal has to be set aside for the common good. What is the true price of progress? Are immediate gains worth the lasting, irretrievable outcomes?
After you’ve read In Harm’s Way how will you answer those questions?
If you haven’t read the the other books in the series make sure you do.