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Search for Safety (Bluford High #13)

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Bluford High: It's not just school--it's real life.

There's no escape for Ben McKee. For weeks, he's covered the bruises on his body. He's even lied to his teachers and new friends at Bluford High. But the trouble in Ben's house isn't going away. And if he doesn't act soon, it could swallow him and his mother forever.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2006)
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Mashy Ami
This book was about a teenager's struggle to live a good life. When his mom has married again, he entered the world of disaster. His life became uncommon - his father's mean behavior, mom's tolerance against his father's arrogance, trying to be a normal student at school which he's not, food shortages etc. The most interesting part of this book was how he was influenced by Mr. Graham's ideal. - Thumbs up.
Mar 08, 2009 Mannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Search for safety, written by John Langon, tells the story of a young man named Ben McKee. Ben, hates the news he hears one day at breakfast, his mom Geneva announced that she and Ben would be leaving Aunt Fay's to move across town because Geneva is getting married to a man that shes barely been dating. Larry, Ben's new step father is a lot to handle right off the back Larry is hateful and violent. First night there in the new house Ben's mom is at work and its just Ben and Larry. Larry tells Be ...more
Jessica Jose
Mar 03, 2016 Jessica Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people. Everytime I start to read it, it always kept me guessing what was going to happen next. Ben McKee was just a happy boy who was living with his mom and Aunt Fay going to school with having no problems in life. Everything started to go downhill, when his mother married his future stepfather Larry. Coming home from a new school was always scary now that Larry was in the picture. For weeks, Larry was always in the mood of beating him and hi ...more
Bryce Akey
Jan 16, 2015 Bryce Akey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Search for Safety" was a enjoyable book to read. It is about a teenage boy named Ben McKee, who attends Bluford High School. His mom found a new boyfriend, and decided that her and Ben would move in with him. Larry, his mom's boyfriend, is very abusive, and has anger issues. At home, Ben stays in his room because he doesn't want to get in Larry's way. Ben finds a part time job at a grocery store down the street. Larry finds out that Ben has a job, and makes Ben give him all the money he makes. ...more
Brandon Scheer
I liked this book. It wasn’t the best book I have ever read, but it was pretty good. It showed how some neighborhoods are and how some people are, how the world can be a bad place and also a great place.

The plot of this book is that the main character, Ben, doesn’t have a father. He lived with his mother in an apartment without electricity and almost no food. His aunt shows up for a surprise visit and takes them in so they can live better. After a while his mom decides to marry a man named La
I really enjoyed reading “Search for Safety” by John Langan, because the events that take place in this book can happen to anybody. It also keeps you on the edge of your chair. This book tells the story of a boy named Ben McKee and how his life gets turned upside down after his mother’s wedding. Having only met his abusive stepfather Larry once he had to move into a small apartment with him and his mother. When Larry loses his job and starts drinking heavily, Ben and his mother find themselves i ...more
Brandon Loehrke
Mar 14, 2014 Brandon Loehrke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Search for safety” is a fun book to read. In search for safety the main character is named Ben. Ben is happy living with his aunt and mom. Ben’s mom relies on his aunt to help keep Ben safe. His mom finds a man named Larry and marries him. Larry is known to be a bad person, but the family has no idea what they’re going to go through. Ben is moved into a different side of town and his whole world changes. Aunt Fay moves away so Ben has no one to rely on when things get tough. Ben is forced to mo ...more
Trevor Schmoldt
Mar 21, 2014 Trevor Schmoldt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Search for Safety" by John Langan was an awesome book. The story is about a boy named Ben Mckee, who had a great life which turned into living hell. When Ben and his mother lived with Aunt Fay life seemed about perfect. Ben's mother got married to a guy she'd only known for a month or two and everything went downhill. Larry, the guy she married, was very abusive and would always beat them both. Ben would have to lie to everyone about what was going on. One day Ben decided to get the police inv ...more
Christian Conklin
This book is amazing. Its about a Boy named Ben,and is mother just got married. Her husband was so abusive towards them. Ben felt like there was no escape to this problem. His mom is telling him not to tell anyone about this and he obeys his mother. This book was so emotional-sad- until Aunt Fay came back.......
VANCE!!!!!!! Porter

Personal Response: I thought the book Searching for Safety was an interesting book to read. In the book he was getting abused and people asked him if he needed any help but he wouldn’t take it. I didn’t like that Ben’s mom, Geneva, saw how Larry was abusing Ben, but she wouldn’t do anything about it. It was as if she was scared of Larry and that's the only reason she married him.

Plot: The story starts out when Ben is living with his aunt and mom in his aunt's apartment. Then Geneva, Ben's mom ge
Oct 02, 2015 Issac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just read “Search for Safety”, and I thought it was a fantastic book. There were some points in the book where I had to stop reading because it really frustrated me. The way the author wrote the book made me feel like everything was real. It made me feel like I was the main character.The overall story was phenomenal. I have read a few books by this author and he never fails to impress me with them.

The story starts off with this teenager who enjoys his life living with h
Sep 29, 2014 Destinee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Search for Safety is about a boy name been whose father
left when he was little so him and his mother left to go stay with his Aunt Fay and grandmother. His mother Geneva started dating Larry during the end of Ben's Freshman year at Lincoln. Ben mother marryed Larry, so they moved in with Larry near Bulford High. Ben attented Bulford High and started working at Mr.Grahamns store...At home Ben was also getting abused at home by Larry and his mother never noticed it all she would say is"stay out of
i think the boy was really abused and was glad that he told Officer Washington what was happening.
Drew Vandervest
Mar 18, 2016 Drew Vandervest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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I really liked the book because the story was different from the other books that I have read. This book is really sad because it's about a kid and his mom who gets beat by his step dad. I also like the author's books because they're different from the other books that I have read; it's just more realistic and truthful about what happens in real life. The author is also very good at describing events that happen in the book. My favorite part of the book was at the end, because
The book Search for safety is about a boy named Ben that was bullied by his stepdad. He only lived with his mother because his dad left him andhis mom. His mother got mariied with . His mother though that he was a nice man but he really wasn't althoug he beat her and ben she still wouldn t do anything about it. Bens stepdad wanted to get away from bens aunty who they lived with. thought that she would help them get away from him because she also knew that he beat her sister and his newphew. con ...more
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I've read this book called search for safety by:John Langan.It was about a boy named Ben who's mother has a boyfriend and the boyfriend thinks he can tell the son what to do and tries to play a father figure in his life.Ben is the main character and he is on a search for safety from his mother and her boyfriend.This book made me realize that having a step parent or a mother or father's girl/boy Friend living in your house can sometimes turn out for the better or the worst in Be
May 05, 2009 4.Marnѐ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful author Paul Langan wrote the Bluford Series books. Thirteen books relating to everyday life of teenagers. These books are realistic. They are a quick read. Also multiple topics are covered in these books such as gun violence, bullying, love/relationships, and so much more. All the things teenagers experience in everyday life.

All the books in this series have the trait of being realistic. They all have everyday situations that people go through especially teenagers. All these books t
Ruka Idowu
Sep 18, 2013 Ruka Idowu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Search for Safety is a really great book for people who like to read intense type of books. Search for Safety is about 16 year old Ben McKee, a smart young boy, who is having trouble at home, & in school. Ben used to live with his Aunt Fay & his mother. That all changed when Ben's mom Geneva got proposed to by her 4 month boyfriend Larry. Ben did not like Larry & Larry did not like Ben. Ben & his Aunt Fay knew that things just were not right with Larry. Little did they know Larry ...more
Diamond Alexander
The book i read is Search for Safety by Paul Langan. it Is about a young boy named Ben Mekee. Ben had to deal with alot of challenges. For an example when Ben's mom marries a man named Larry, Larry likes to beat up on Ben's mom Larry also doesn't Ben's mom talk back to him or he would beat up on her.Larry is a man who wants nothing to do with Ben and he is a really abusive man. Another challenge Ben faced is he had to go move with his auntie but he wants to stay with his mom.Then after all that ...more
This book is about a boy named Gary who gets beat on by his mother's boyfriend. He doesn't know how to get out of the situation with him, his mother, and his mother's boyfriend. Larry (mothers boyfriend) he drinks alot when his comes back home because of the tired day he had at work. So he drinks and drinks until he can't think anymore. After that he would lay down and Gary would come and get something from the kitchen. Laryy would get upset then beat on him and his mom whenever she comes and t ...more
Nyamari Duran
Feb 23, 2016 Nyamari Duran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book because it had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Ben was a regular teenage boy living with his Aunt Fay and his mother. When he found out that his mother was marrying his soon to be stepdad, his whole world turned upside down. Now that he was moving in with his angry stepdad, and now that Aunt Fay was out of the picture, Ben didn't know what to do.
Ajayia Perry
This was an exciting read! It keeps me wanting to read more and surprised at every chapter. "Search for Safety" is a fiction book by John Langan, told in first person. Ben McKee is a teenage boy, which goes to Bluford high. Throughout this novel, Ben is telling his story of survival for his mother and himself. He needs a way out, but he doesn’t know which path to go down to get there. Ben is desperately in need of help. His step-father, Larry, beats him and his mother and Ben is just tired of it ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Shakira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Search for Safety is about the struggle a little boy goes through trying to get him and his mother out of their abusive home that they now live in since his mother remarried. Ben's step dad is all ways home so there isn't a way for Ben to avoid his worst nightmare. He cant turn to his mom because his mom as well is abused by him and is too scared to tell anyone. When Ben does find a way to not have to go home after school his step dad goes to where Ben has been working after school and trashes t ...more
Helen Canas
Feb 25, 2016 Helen Canas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a teenage boy called Ben that is living now with his mother and stepdad after they got married. Soon as they moved in to their new house the beating's start. Ben and his mother are covered with bruises on their body's for weeks and they is no escape from Larry's beatings. Would Ben and his mother do something about it or live like this for ever?
Lillianne Katz
Sep 12, 2013 Lillianne Katz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a good book to pump adrenaline in some people. The book is about a boy named Ben McKee. Ben is going through a rough stage with a single mom and she marries a man named Larry Taylor. Ben isn't happy about this new decision and Larry isn't so friendly to Geneva(Ben's mom) and Ben. Larry is a person who drinks a lot of beer and he will hit you like he did to Ben and Geneva. The only person Ben really needs is his aunt because she was there when his mom and himself couldn't take care of ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Tyler rated it it was ok
Search For Safety is about a boy named Ben and his mother. When Ben’s mother gets a new boyfriend, more things come with this boyfriend then expected. Ben and his mom move in with her boyfriend, leaving his aunts apartment which he loved staying at. They move to a small place that been hates. Not to mention there is never any food in the house, and when there is food in the house he is not allowed to eat any of it unless his stepdad isn’t there. His step dad abuses him and bullies him while Ben’ ...more
Zeny B
Oct 23, 2014 Zeny B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 02, 2014 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Search for Safety by John Langan is about a boy that has moved and is being troubled. Ben is being bullied in school and out. By this I mean he is the new kid that people like to pick on and will not stop until he stands his ground. Ben needs to have a lot of bravery to get him through this minor speed bump. Although this is a bad time everything turns out better than it was in the end, happily ever after. But Ben matures to all of his surroundings like a hawk in the wild. I really like ...more
May 21, 2014 Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book search for saftey is about a boy named ben and his mother who are being abused by larry a man that ben's mother has married. Before the larry came into bens life him and his mom stayed with his aunt fay. Aunt fay is a nice strong woman who is caring for ben and loves him alot she had to leave to another state but while she is gone it has been hell for ben and his mother. Larry is a drunk that is very abusive.To stay away form home ben picks up a job at a corner store ran by a old man na ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Mannyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about this book is that the Ben is trying to resist the fact that he's getting abused at home and doesn't want nobody to know that the people that are doing this to him are relatives , that are close to him talking about family . But as this conflict continues to happen the teachers as well as friends are starting to worry about him and trying to figure to why his skin color isn't the same , like why is their purple n red scars and spots on him.

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