Reading time: 2 – 4 minutesTitle: We the Children (Benjamin Pratt & The Keepers of the School vol. 1)
Author: Andrew Clements
Synopsis: (Taken from back of book)
Benjamin Pratt’s harbor-side school is going to be bulldozed to make room for an amusement park. It sounds like a dream come true … or is it more like a nightmare? Something about the plan seems fishy, and Lyman, the new assistant janitor, seems even fishier.
When Ben and his friend, Jill, start digging for answers, they find things that the people with money and power don’t want them to see. Could the history hidden deep within an old school building actually overthrow a thirty-million-dollar real-estate deal? And how far will the developers go to keep that from happening?
Ben and Jill are about to discover just how dangerous a little knowledge can be.
I received this ARC from the publisher, which was a real surprise since.. It’s Andrew Clements! I don’t think you could go through childhood and not know who Andrew Clements is! Needless to say I was very honored and excited to be reviewing in advance the first novel in a new children’s series, Benjamin Pratt & The Keepers of the School.
The first book in the new Clement’s series is titled, We the Children. We are introduced to an incredibly likable character named Ben whose parents are going through a rough divorce. He alternates visits between his mother and his father (his father living on a boat). Ben doesn’t mind living on a boat, because he loves sailing himself (and even competing in races!) Ben is a thoughtful, smart little kid who still manages to have his head on his shoulders even though his life has made a drastic change.
One day the janitor hands him a golden coin; a coin that must be a century old! With this simple act, Ben is thrust into a new world of information and puzzles that are meant to be unfold. He has to work hard and work fast in order to save his school!
I found this book an adorable read. It had enough puzzle action to have me wondering what was going to happen next, so I can only imagine how much kids of the appropriate reading age group would just love this book! I can not wait to find out what happens next in the series. What IS the secret behind the school and will Ben unleash it in time?