Andrew Clements Adam Stower
- Title: We the Children
- Author: Andrew Clements Adam Stower
- ISBN: 9781442419735
- Page: 356
- Format: Hardcover
A 6,000 pound wrecking ball is about to demolish Benjamin Pratt s school and he has only 28 days to figure out how to stop it.Ben 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 like a nightmare Something about the plan seems fishy, and Lyman, the new assistant janitor, seems even fishiA 6,000 pound wrecking ball is about to demolish Benjamin Pratt s school and he has only 28 days to figure out how to stop it.Ben 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 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.
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As I requested this advanced reading copy for my son, who at age nine fits the key age group for the book, I thought it would be fun to review the book together. He is as voracious a reader as I am and just loves the fact that I blog, and he has been eyeballing the book from the moment it entered my library. He jumped at the chance to read it and review it for me. Having read it first, I know I had my own opinions of the book, so I was curious to see what he had to say. His thoughts:M: What did [...]
Many of us come equipped with a purist strain, a don't-change gene. I certainly do. So my first reaction upon seeing that Andrew Clements was writing a series? Without support from Brian Selznick? You can guess.I like to think I can get past the rigid-thinking part of me, and in this case I did. The first in the 'Keepers of the School' series is great. Clements has aimed for an audience somewhere in between 'Jake Drake' and 'Frindle' and scored a bull's-eye.Coming in at under 150 rapidly-paced p [...]
The story begins with Ben rushing to get to class so he wont receive detention. Along the way, he finds the school janitor has injured his leg. As Ben is helping him, the janitor explains that the school is in danger and has Ben promise to help protect it. The janitor gives a mysterious coin to him which marks Ben as the “keeper of the school.” Ben enlists the help of the school's smartest girl and together they hope to unravel the clues that will keep their school from becoming an amusement [...]
I read this because Frindle was one of my absolute favorite books growing up. Wasn’t disappointed, even though I was an adult reading a book meant for 10 year olds 🤷🏻♀️
Here's a multi-part story that shows some definite promise. Planned as the first installment of a six-book cycle called Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School, We the Children hits the ground running hard and only gets better from there, with some early glimpses of an adventure that could prove to be quite intriguing. It all begins one day as Ben Pratt, an above-average student of "today" (2010) at a school built in the 1700s by a Revolutionary War notable named Captain Oakes, is unknowi [...]
Ben is rushing to class one day at school, when he stops to help the janitor, Mr Keane, who hurt his ankle. The janitor suddenly gives him a mysterious coin and tells him he must fight to protect the school, which is going to be knocked down and replaced by a theme park. Ben becomes even more confused and anxious when Mr. Keanne dies in the hospital. What do the words on the coin mean? Why does the new janitor seem so suspicious of Ben? How can one boy stop a multimiillion dollar real-estate pro [...]
Keepers of the School-We the Children by Andrew ClementsThis is a middle school focused book. It sets the stage at a converted factory that serves as a school. Left to the community, the eccentric ship captain that founded the school leaves an interesting legacy. Ben and Jill delve into the mystery of how to save the school from developers.The character Ben is dealing with personal issues that are going to be quite common to the current generation of kids. His feelings and frustrations are clear [...]
I thought this book was a very interesting book. This book is not for you if you like lots of action. Although it's a great book for someone who loves mystery. I would recommend this book for anyone who doesn't love a ton of action or adventure but more mystery and likes to take the information about the mystery and plot of the story to try and put it together in different ways to solve it. This book has two main characters so if you are a person who likes different kinds of jobs and characters [...]
This is not the usual type of Clements novel. It started out less flashy, and slower, dialogue-wise, than most of his books. The drama he builds over the hidden secrets in the school grabs you by the end, and in the last half of the book he begins to build convincing friendships and rivalries which should prove to be the gel that makes this series even more compelling. When I came to the last page, I WAS disappointed that this was a series, and I had to wait for the next installment. Great editi [...]
I wasn't sure what to think of this book it was surprisingly decent it had some mystery some action and a few other things that made it somewhat enjoyable. I would have liked it if there was more character development or more about the mystery that they are trying to solve ect a few things here and there. I guess that's why there is a sequel.I would say overall a pretty good book for young readers a nice pace personally I wish it could have been longer because 160 pages isn't quite cutting it fo [...]
Benjamin's school is going to be knocked down at the end of the school year to build a amusement park. Normally this would be great news to a kid, but not him. You see, his school is not quite normal. It was built in the 17th century by Captain Oakes, a sea captain. Afraid of an attack, he installed safeguards inside the school. Will Ben and Jill be able to find all the safeguards and save their school?
Cute and very short start to an exciting series.Benjamin Pratt gets sucked into helping save his school all because he was in the right place at the wrong time. Or was he? He is perfect for this mission, and he has recruited his friend Jill to help. Book one is left on a bit of a cliffhanger so have the second book handy!
Awesome! I love being reminded how much I love middle grade reads! fast paced, a lot of adventure and fun!-R.D.
We the Children is a book about Benjamin Pratt and his school near the coast of the Atlantic in a town called Edgeport. Benjamin Pratt is a sixth grader in a school that is on the brink of change. There is a company in town that wants the school to convert it into a theme park. Near the beginning of the book, there was a man who was a janitor that gave very important and secret information to Benjamin and since then, Benjamin has become a keeper of the school. He and a friend, Jill, are working [...]
I read this with my fourth grader for OBOB. Usually I enjoy the OBOB books, but felt this book was a complete waste of time. The story builds up to a mystery. Two kids fighting a clock and spies working against them, as they try to save their school from being demolished. Sounds like a promising plot - EXCEPT the mystery is never solved. The last chapter is about a boat race that has nothing to do with the story. No closure, not even a real cliffhanger. We read the first chapter of the second bo [...]
d the OBOB book for 2017 I was so eager to read but then let me down big time. Sigh. I love love Frindle yet Andrew Clements completely lost me in this first of a series about a boy whose parents are splitting up and the school janitor hands over a mysterious coin about saving this historic school right before he diesetty awesome set upbut then it just rambled. But, if you are into sailing - as my husband is - then the story has about 50 pages of an incredible race with lots and lots of sailing [...]
A boy in middle school named Benjamin Pratt, Ben for short figures out that his school is going to be taken down by a big company and Ben enlists one of the smartest people in his grade, Jill, to help him stop the school from being torn down but someone seems to be watching them. Will Ben save his school? Will there be a cliffhanger? And who is spying on Ben and Jill? read to find out!I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books and maybe adventure books or both! this book it so [...]
Andrew Clements is certainly the king of the school book. He writes with great facility, and after reading many titles that take place in schools, it was a pleasure to see a writer that sets up things so easily and neatly. The problem: not that much happens. For adult mystery fans, you see the whole set up taking place. As a kid, this might seem boring, with the exception of a boat race that doesn't seem to have much to do with the plot. Ben makes a promise to a dying custodian to protect his sc [...]
Ah, man. I was SO disappointed. To be fair, I'm not a fan of "series" books. If you want to tell a bunch of different stories with the same characters that can stand on their own - fine. But to cut one story into many different books? No. Don't make me pay for a few chapters at a time. I'm sure the story in its entirety would be entertaining for mid-elementary grades. Andrew Clements tells a good tale and I do like the characters so far. I read this because it's an Oregon Battle of the Books tit [...]
OBOB 2018, book 1. I am being harsh with this book because it cut off before anything could even happen! I realize it's a series, but shouldn't something toward the overall plot occur in the first book of a series?? I don't want to give away details, but I think there would have been a logical way to split up the books (quest by quest) and I was expecting to encounter at least one quest. Nope. Nothing. Maybe the next books in the series are good, but this one was done before it could develop int [...]
This is an Oregon Battle of the Books book so I had high expectations. I was disappointed to find out it is part of a six book series and is not what I consider a complete book. Instead it seems like the first part of an old fashioned serial publication.It is a great beginning, I plan on listening to the rest of the series, but I thought something was wrong with the digital audio book when it stopped nowhere near a satisfying end.
This is a marvelous series.Each book is fabulous adventure where Ben and Jill follow clues and solve mysteriesAfter the first book the author does a super job in reviewing the previous book so the reader quickly is reminded of the one before.If you need some examples of summarizing, this author is a master.
Normally I'm a huge fan of Andrew Clements, but I didn't connect with this title. I listened to it and didn't care for the narrator. I was disappointed that the story line left me hanging, but hey, gotta sell more books and kids do love series. I picked up the audio because it is an OBOB title and I'm coaching our local team. The kids seem to enjoy it. OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)
The book I am reading is called We the Children (Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School, #1) by Andrew Clements. The book I am reading is mostly about a kid who saw something weird in his school then that night he went into the school and he explored.
A cute, quick read, but not much depth. Since they are so quick, I'm going to check out the rest of the series before I make a judgment about the series as a whole, but overall it was pretty simplistic for an OBOB book. I liked the main character, though!
Good read for 3rd graders and not much older. Not a very compelling story or characters for older readers.
Jacob listened to the audiob 2/16/18
Good storyline, appropriate for young boys and girls would enjoy it too.
Great book, full of mystery. Of the OBOB books I've read so far, this is my favorite for 2017!
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