Fear Itself by Andrew ClementsFear Itself by Andrew Clements

Fear Itself

byAndrew ClementsIllustratorAdam Stower

Paperback | August 30, 2011

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Time is ticking as the countdown to total school demolition continues. But in addition to deciphering maritime clues that could save the building, Ben Pratt and his friend Jill have to stay one step ahead of Lyman, the snake posing as the school janitor—who will do anything to preserve the $30 million development deal that pays his salary.

The second book in this riveting six-book series is as action-packed as the first one, culminating in a faceoff between Ben and Lyman. “After five bells sound, time to sit down” makes for a good riddle, but Ben also knows when it’s time to stand up…for Oakes School and for himself.
Andrew Clements was born in 1949 and grew up in New Jersey and Illinois. After attending college and receiving his degree in English, Clements taught 4th and 8th Grade for seven years. But he didn't have a pemanent position, so when he was laid off, he moved onto the publishing world, and went from being an editor, to sales and marketi...
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Title:Fear ItselfFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:7 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 30, 2011Publisher:415231986Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416939083

ISBN - 13:9781416939085

Appropriate for ages: 7

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Working frantically to save their historic school from the wrecking ball scheduled in three weeks, sixth graders Ben Pratt and Jill Acton find the first of five safeguards planted more than 200 years earlier, an ally and treasure that may also help their cause. The story opens immediately after Ben has saved his arch enemy’s life, and readers will need to be familiar with We the Children (2010), the first in this planned six-volume series, to identify the characters and understand their relationships. Like that title, this is fast-paced and full of intriguing details ranging from clues leading to a hidden document and antique coins to the story of Horatio at the bridge and references to Jack London. Ben alternates between parents; in the first book he was living on his father's sailboat, so this week, he's home with his mother. Janitor Lyman continues to threaten, and even Jill seems nervous. The Massachusetts seaside setting takes a back seat to the increasing tension. Readers who’ve begun this well-written, modern kid-power mystery series will be glad to see this and eager for more. - KIRKUS, November 15, 2010