About the book:
One secret mission. One secret Society. Once chance to save their school from total destruction.
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.
The first of the Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series, for ages 9-12.
An appealing story. Ben is not only a great kid you can really like, but he's smart and kind too. And, despite the fact that his parents have separated, he's trying to understand and not let their pending divorce get to him.
When the school janitor entrusts Ben with a secret and gives him a mysterious warning about defending his school, the curious sixth grader decides to investigate his school's history. He and his friend Jill solve some mysteries and uncover more.
This is definitely the first of a series, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, I did wish for a little more substance. However, it sets up the premise very well and I loved the 18th century seafaring origins of the school and the mysterious Keepers of the School. I have no idea how many books are planned, but I anxiously await the next one!
I think upper elementary and middle school kids would love this. If the boy reads it, I'll have him review it as well.
To be released April 2010. Thanks to Simon & Shuster for the opportunity to review this delightful book. You can learn more about the book here. You can learn more about Andrew Clements here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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