We the Children
Overview - Benjamin Pratt s school is about to become the site of a new amusement park. It sounds like a dream come true But lately, Ben has been wonder if he s going to like an amusement park in the middle of his town with all the buses and traffic and eight dollar slices of pizza. Read more...
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Benjamin Pratt s school is about to become the site of a new amusement park. It sounds like a dream come true But lately, Ben has been wonder if he s going to like an amusement park in the middle of his town with all the buses and traffic and eight dollar slices of pizza. It s going to change everything. And, Ben is not so big on all the new changes in his life, like how his dad has moved out and started living in the marina on what used to be the "family sailboat. Maybe it would be nice if the school just stayed as it is. He likes the school. Loves it, actually. It s over 200 years old and sits right on the harbor. The playground has ocean breezes and the classrooms have million dollar views MILLION DOLLAR views. And after a chance and final run-in with the school janitor, Ben starts to discover that these MILLION DOLLAR views have a lot to do with the deal to sell the school property. But, as much as the town wants to believe it, the school does not belong to the local government. It belongs to the CHILDREN and these children have the right to defend it Don t think Ben, his friend Jill (and the tag-along Robert) can ruin a multimillion dollar real estate deal? Then you don t know the history and the power of the Keepers of the School. A suspenseful six book series, book one, We the Children, starts the battle on land and on sea. It s a race to keep the school from turning into a ticket booth and these kids are about to discover just how threatening a little knowledge can be."
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This suspenseful novel, which launches Clements's (No Talking) Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series, catapults Ben into a mystery surrounding his seaside school. Founded by a Revolutionary War–era sea captain, the school is slated to be demolished to make way for an amusement park. Just before he dies, the longtime custodian gives the sixth grader a gold coin imprinted with the founder's declaration that the school “belongs to the children” and cryptic instructions on how to “defend” it. Ben and his friend Jill set out to decode the message, a process that involves some intriguing questions and maneuverings. Clements has the makings of an action-lover's dream scenario: a school setting full of history and secrets, a tense kids-versus-adults dynamic, and a sailing race to boot. Some may be disappointed by how little is revealed, though, and the climactic race, while exciting, ends the story abruptly. Characteristically, Clements probes his hero's personal quandaries, as Ben deals with his parents' separation, his growing feelings for Jill, and the potential loss of his beloved school. Ages 7–10. (Apr.)