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We The Children (Benjamin Pratt and The Keepers of the School)

by Andrew Clements

Other authors: Adam Stower (Illustrator)

Series: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School (1)

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Sixth-grader Ben Pratt's life is full of changes that he does not like--his parents' separation and the plan to demolish his seaside school to build an amusement park--but when the school janitor gives him a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, Ben is drawn into an effort to keep the school from being destroyed.… (more)
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book was so much fun. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from the folks at Simon & Schuster (THANK YOU) so I had the pleasure of reading this prior to its 04/06/10 release. It's the start to a new series that promises more fun to be had. You might even learn a thing or two along the way! Definitely recommended reading! ( )
  GRgenius | Sep 15, 2019 |
This is book one in a series about Benjamin and his friend Jill. They attend the seaside Oakes School, which has stood for over two hundred years, but will be torn down within weeks. The town has sold the school land and some of the seaside land to a huge corporation that builds historical theme parks, so they'll be tearing down the actual history in order to build fake history.
Ben comes across the school janitor, who has just broken his ankle on the school stairs. The old man presses a gold coin into Ben's hand and demands a promise that Ben will defend the school. From what, or how, becomes a mystery Ben and Jill have to solve on their own, as the janitor dies within hours.
If I came across more from this series, I'd follow it. It's pretty smart, with researching clues and a very detailed boat race. ( )
  mstrust | Aug 10, 2017 |
I'm not sure that Andrew Clements writes a bad book. The only problem is that this is a series, and now we are going to have to wait to see what happens next—on more than one level: with the school, with Ben's parents, and with Jill.
The Keepers of the School is a mystery, adventure story, but whoever thought that the school janitor would be the bad guy. Ben and Jill must unravel the mystery left to them by the former janitor in order to save their school from being torn down to make way for an amusement park. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
I'm not sure that Andrew Clements writes a bad book. The only problem is that this is a series, and now we are going to have to wait to see what happens next—on more than one level: with the school, with Ben's parents, and with Jill.
The Keepers of the School is a mystery, adventure story, but whoever thought that the school janitor would be the bad guy. Ben and Jill must unravel the mystery left to them by the former janitor in order to save their school from being torn down to make way for an amusement park. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Sixth-grader Ben Pratt's life is full of changes that he does not like--his parents' separation and the plan to demolish his seaside school to build an amusement park--but when the school janitor gives him a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, Ben is drawn into an effort to keep the school from being destroyed.

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