We the Children by Andrew Clements is a children novel released in 2010. It is the 1st book in Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School adventure series. The series follow the effort of Benjamin Pratt and his friends to save their school from being destroyed and replaced with an amusement park.
Cover and Details of We the Children by Andrew Clements (PDF)
- Title: We the Children (Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School #1)
- Author: Andrew Clements
- Publisher: Atheneum Books
- Date Published: April 6, 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416938869
- ISBN-13: 9781416938866
Summary of the Book
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 wondering 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!
Reviews of Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School #1: We the Children
So, we do have decently written characters, although the divorcing parents angle is getting a little tired in all of these young reader books. We also have good clues, some adventure, and a lot of looking around and finding out things, which is the strongest suit of the book. There’s no magic or fantasy, and the kid heroes have to figure things out, which is a nice albeit old-fashioned approach.
The upshot is that I’m going to wait on this until we are closer to the release of book six, and then introduce it as a set. I’d just hate to get a kid involved in this and then tell him to sit tight for a few years. (by Pop Bob, amazon.com)
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