The Secret Keepers

The Secret Keepers

eBook - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"When twelve-year-old Reuben finds a peculiar, magical watch that has the power to turn its wearer invisible, he's propelled on the adventure of a lifetime"--
When Reuben discovers an antique watch that was mortared into the wall, he soon learns it has a secret power. As one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure, and with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, Reuben must outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions, in order to save the city from a terrible fate.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316319126
Characteristics: 1 online resource (501 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Sudyka, Diana - Illustrator

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 08, 2019

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart was an AMAZING book! There were some slow parts in the very beginning, but by the middle, it was hard for me to put down! I would recommend it to any tweens and teens (between the ages of 11 and 14) that enjoy fiction.

Great read!

May 04, 2019

I normally don't like books that aren't realistic, but this was an exception! Being a fan of the Mysterious Benedict Society books, i decided to give this one a try and I wasn't disappointed!

Dec 13, 2018

this is an awesome book!

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

Long but exciting children’s novel by the popular author of *The Mysterious Benedict Society* and its sequels.

12-year-old Reuben Pedley lives in an odd city run by a mysterious villain known as “The Smoke”, his front man, “the Counselor”, and his henchmen, “The Directions,” who run a protection racket against the merchants in town. Reuben’s father is deceased and Reuben lives with his mother who works two jobs. In the summer Reuben is left to his own devices, so he learns resourcefulness as he explores his part of the city.

One day he finds a mysterious antique watch hidden in a hard-to-see place. He thinks that selling this might be a key to helping his mother get out of poverty. Eventually he discovers that The Smoke has been looking for this watch for years and will stop at nothing to get it. After some careful and patient fiddling with the watch, Reuben discovers that it has the power of making the watch holder *invisible* for 15 minutes at a time. It also makes the watch holder effectively *blind* for that time; but a smart person can learn to cope with that.

The book is 500 pages long, which is pretty long for most for 12-year olds. There is a bit of a slow spot in the middle of the story but then the second half is full speed ahead. It’s a clever book with many surprises and Reuben is a fully developed character, with believable skills and failings.

Jul 27, 2017

A really satisfying or unsatisfying book. When Rueben finds a magic watch that can turn anyone invisible, he must find the other watch, an exact twin of his, before The Smoke steals both and finds a way to become immortal and rule over the city. He will have to avoid the Directions, four different men staring in four different directions, traps, and the Smoke himself. A truly one of a kind tale. You either hate it or love it.

Mar 29, 2017

Very middling for this author. The premise/concept is really great! But the writing is just kind of okay, and mostly I kept reading constantly to find out what happens. The only interesting character is really just the main. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as the Mysterious Benedict Society.
Also after the first chapter I began to refer to it as "the Adventures of Parkour Boy" lol

KCLS_RobinH Mar 27, 2017

A lengthy read of 500 pages, this cat and mouse chase records Reuben's discovery of an antique invisibility watch, which must be kept from the dastardly owner of it's twin, or risk losing his only family, his mother. Lighthouses, tunnels, trap doors, an ancient family or Pennys and Jacks, and a clever watchmaker are involved. A paranoia-making tale, this will keep you curious to see if Reuben survives.

Dec 30, 2016

If you loved the Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this book. The action goes at just the right pace and the characters are well developed. There is just enough mystery to make it interesting without the mystery taking over the whole book. A very good, balanced book. I would recommend.

Nov 29, 2016

Just to clarify, this is not related to The Mysterious Benedict Society at all. That said, I loved this book. I didn't put it down until I finished it. The author is amazingly good at making you feel as if you are in the place where the action is happening, with a minimum of description. The plot was suspenseful, but not frightening. Each of the characters had their flaws and feelings, each was unique and special. Reuben wasn't perfect. He was willing to admit it, though. Evoking the perfect feeling, the accompanying illustrations were slightly caricatured, but not distractingly. A fine book about secrecy, trust, loyalty, and love. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for a nuanced, interesting book.

Nov 11, 2016

it looks good

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Jun 08, 2019

kasiahansen11 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

May 04, 2019

abbyandoreo thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

Feb 28, 2017

mauve_deer_32 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Dec 31, 2016

Tabaqui thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Dec 30, 2016

black_chicken_135 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at SPL

To Top