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A New York Times Bestseller!

This heart-pounding mystery adventure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Mysterious Benedict Society, is laced with magic and humor

A magical watch
A string of secrets
A race against time

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but 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--full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes--as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?

In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published on September 27, 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316389552
ISBN-13: 9780316389556
11 Book Reviews
  • regolith
    regolith7 months
    such a good book, MASTERFUL
    • jb9
      jb9about 1 year55 stars
      💜👍 this is like the best book series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please read this s series it is the like best best best!!
      • banana34
        banana34almost 5 years
        this is a VERY good book! You should read it!
        • mrs_ihrig
          mrs_ihrigabout 5 years
          I would like to add this book to my classroom library, so that ALL of my students can enjoy reading it! :)
          • demosthenes
            demosthenesabout 5 years55 stars
            i dont need to win this book because i bought it the day it came out!!!
            • yellow43528
              yellow43528about 5 years
              This books looks really good. I would like to read it.
              • cameronabout 5 years
                it was awsome im a 4th grader
                • demosthenes
                  demosthenesabout 5 years55 stars
                  okay ... i just got this book SOO i'm happy...
                  • bananabird
                    bananabirdabout 5 years
                    I want to read this book because i read the online blurb and it sounded good. And then I love the author Trenton Lee Stewart.
                    • demosthenes
                      demosthenesabout 5 years55 stars
                      OKAY! literally i can't wait for this book! i've read a lot of trenton lee stewart and this JUST came out and i can't wait to get it!!!!!