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The Whites of Their Eyes

The Whites of Their Eyes

Illustrated by: Adam Stower
For Ages: 7 - 10
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Demolition looms in the third Keepers of the School adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

Benjamin Pratt is running out of time—and if the old Oakes School gets torn down by greedy developers, his hometown by the sea will be changed forever. Good thing Ben and Jill have found a secret weapon—a third Keeper. Who knew that a kid so annoying could be such a spy wiz?

But that nefarious janitor Lyman has secret weapons of his own: a bag of high-tech tricks, plus some low-tech security measures that are simple but terrifying. These kids are smart, but can they outsmart Lyman and his new “assistant”? There’s history in the making here, and the clock keeps tick, tick, ticking toward total demolition
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416939092 | 
  • February 2013 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading and Activity Guide for

The Whites of their Eyes
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School, Book III

By Andrew Clements


Benjamin Pratt is back in the third installment of this lively modern adventure that harkens back to New England’s historic past. While still trying to cope with his parents’ separation, Ben and his friend, Jill, continue their efforts to stop their beloved Oakes School from being turned into an investment property—and their cozy town into a giant parking lot for a new amusement park. This time, Ben and Jill find an unlikely ally in Ben’s sailing nemesis, Robert Gerritt. But will it be enough to stop the efforts of Mr. Lyman, the corporate spy disguised as the school janitor?


1.In the first chapter of The Whites of their Eyes, Ben encounters a small dog. How does this event foreshadow frightening events that will happen later in the novel?
2.Ben and Jen take on a new ally in Robert Gerritt. What past conflicts with Robert must Ben deal with so that they can work together? (Feel free to refer to previous Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School novels if you have read them.) Do you think you would be able to work with a person like Robert? Why or why not?
3.What spy gear has Lyman installed in the school and how do the Keepers thwart his spy efforts? Would you have used similar strategies against Lyman? Explain what see more

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