Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!
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Victor Godwin's orderly life is upended when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin never actually died- he was put into suspended animation and hidden away for more than 200 years in Victor's basement! After an accident reawakens Ben, Victor must not only help him adjust to the modern world but also help him overcome a slight flaw-when Ben runs low on energy, he turns into a...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 13th 2010)
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Carolyn S
I'm currently reading the book "Benjamin Franklinstein Lives" by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury. So far I've only gotten to page 45 and things are just getting started... Victor, is a boy who loves to research, discover new things, and always keep EVERYTHING perfect. He's completely shocked when he finds out that the real Benjamin Franklin is alive! At first they discuss how scientifically this could be "possible", but eventually things started to get weird when Benjamin became hungry an...more
Lexi Z
I recently finished BENJAMIN FRANKLINSTEIN LIVES by Matthew McElligott and I thought it was a pretty good book. It was kind of slow paced but once you got passed the slower parts, it got more interesting. Sometimes I got a little bit confused on the parts where they tried to described how Benjamin Franklin was still alive, but then again, maybe I was the only one. I have to admit that the lead character, Victor, is kind of geeky but I really like how a boy named, Scott, is really nice to him any...more
Maddie D
2ND RESPONSE:

I recently finished Benjamin Franlinstein Lives, by Matthew McElligott. I think it was a great book because I really enjoyed Benjamin Franklin coming back from the dead. For example that would never happen in real life so I thought it was really funny. I mean finding Benjamin Franklin in your basement, now that's hilarious. This book is about Victor going in his basement and finding the ghost of Benjamin Franklin in a coffin. Benjamin runs on battery and he is about to run out. Alon...more
NewFranklin School
This books is absolutely hysterical for its details and plot premise - though the overall action and story arc are a little lacking. In this book, Benjamin Franklin preserved himself in some electrical fluid hundreds of years ago, before he died. A lightening storm hits the house where he's been in the sealed basement, and he comes back to life! Like Frankenstein's Monster. But the reawakened Ben Franklin needs a particular amount of energy to keep going - too little and he's a zombie looking fo...more
Pop Bop
A Solid, Funny Science and Chemistry Adventure

I'm all for fantasy quests, monster hunting, sci-fi epics, time travel mysteries, prophecy quests, portals, alien visitations, and magical spells. Bring it on and let's read it I say.

But this book, and the series to which it belongs, struck me as something special. The hero is a science nerd, without apology. In a world that has begun to embrace nerdiness it's time for nerdy chapter book fiction. What's best, though, is that this hero isn't precociou...more
Lessa
While I thought this book was kind of horrible, I think it would be good for kids who really enjoy science, time travel, and books about kids in school. I'm kind of curious to see who summoned Benjamin Franklin back to life, but I don't know that I'm curious enough to read the next one... But maybe...

An easy read for fourth grade through sixth grade since I don't remember Victor's grade being revealed at all...
Thomas Williams
I am narrating this book for Reading and Radio Resource, a Dallas-based non-profit organization. It's a fun kid's book about Ben Franklin being awakened from hibernation after more than 200 years. His new-found friend, Victor, helps him navigate the streets of Philadelphia in order to find the Modern Order of Prometheus and avoid an unspecified catastrophe.
B Claire
I was so surprised by this book! The plot was completely original. Victor Godwin is a science nerd and maybe a bit OCD. He and his mom live in a very old and decrepit house in Philadelphia. It turns out that there is a secret passage to a secret basement laboratory that belonged to Benjamin Franklin and that Franklin has been living in suspended animation there for the past 200 years!

The story line is well developed and creative. I love the way the McElligot and Tuxbury explain the way the suspe...more
Sara
Very cute and silly :). Good read for elementary schoolers who are a bit science minded. Not a spectacular book, but could turn the right kid into a reader. I liked the moral that sometimes making mistakes and taking risks is better than being safe and achieving perfection.
Albertz
Jan 16, 2013 Albertz is currently reading it
i am in the beginning but this book based on the trailer i predict that franklenstein will be free. it kinda relates to my life because i did a sucsessful project
emily
You've heard of Benjamin Franklin. You know, the guy from like, the 1700s, you know, famous for being in the thunderstorm with the kite and the key, discovering electricity? Yeah, him. That guy. He's been dead for what, like three hundred years? Think again.

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Victor Godwin is smarter than most people he knows. Definitely smarter than the weatherman, who's predicted sunny days when Victor knows mathematically that there's a 92% chance of rain. A million times smarter than his best friend Scott...more
thisncondition
Benjamin Franklin didn’t die, he’s just been in a state of suspended-animation, waiting for the Modern Order of Prometheus to wake him when America faces its next crisis. Benjamin Franklinstein Lives by Matthew McElligott and Larry Taxbury intertwines history and science to create a very light-hearted tale about Benjamin Franklin reappearing in the 21st century and his subsequent friendship with his neighbor, Victor Godwin. Lightning strikes Victor’s apartment building reanimating Benjamin Frank...more
Chris Murray
Summary:

School Library Journal: Benjamin Franklin never died. Instead, a secret organization called the Modern Order of Prometheus, of which he was a member, placed him in suspended animation in a hidden Philadelphia cellar, to serve the nation at a later time. In the 21st century, Franklin indeed awakes, but the Prometheans are nowhere to be found. Above the cellar live a young science nerd, Victor Godwin, and his mother. Franklin, trying to understand why he has been awakened, asks to rent a r...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 6

You've heard of Benjamin Franklin. You know, the guy from like, the 1700s, you know, famous for being in the thunderstorm with the kite and the key, discovering electricity? Yeah, him. That guy. He's been dead for what, like three hundred years? Think again.

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Victor Godwin is smarter than most people he knows. Definitely smarter than the weatherman, who's predicted sunny days when Victor knows mathematically that there's a 92% chance of rain. A million times smarter th...more
M.
Benjamin Franklin is not dead! He's been "living" in a state of suspended animation in Victor's basement for the last 200 years and now that he's awake, he's ready to reenter society, sort of. Unfortunately his batteries run down fairly often and he needs recharging, sometimes greedily enough to cause power outages in an entire section of town. He flies into uncontrolled rages when he gets too "hungry" although he does fine when he's kept moderately charged. He was supposed to be awakened by a m...more
Monster
Benjamin Franklin didn’t die, he’s just been in a state of suspended-animation, waiting for the Modern Order of Prometheus to wake him when America faces its next crisis. Benjamin Franklinstein Lives by Matthew McElligott and Larry Taxbury intertwines history and science to create a very light-hearted tale about Benjamin Franklin reappearing in the 21st century and his subsequent friendship with his neighbor, Victor Godwin. Lightning strikes Victor’s apartment building reanimating Benjamin Frank...more
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Title: Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!
Author: Mathew McElligott, Larry Tuxbury
Year: 2010
ISBN: 9780399252297
Type: book
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Length/Pages & Reading Level: 128 pages; 9 and up
Publisher/Studio name: G.P. Putman
Plot Summary: Victor Godwin is a straight-A student who has spent hours perfecting his science fair project. His world is turned upside down when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin didn’t die, but has been in suspended animation in Victor’s basement for 200 years. W...more
Nicole
Nov 29, 2012 Nicole added it
Benjamin franklinstein live is about Ben coming back alive to accomplishing a mission. I think its really cool how someone thought to make a book like this consitering that ben invented eletricity. Ben meets a kid named victor and they become friends. If I were victor I would be a little freaked out because meeting someone who has been dead over 200 years is kind of weird. Once I remember seeing Santa when I was little and I got so freaked out I cried, but that was a long time ago. I think this...more
AnnieM
I expected to much. It isn't funny enough to erupt giggles. It isn't scary enough to compare to Frankenstein. I like the possibility and the add of Ben Franklin and the founding fathers, but I don't know.

It doesn't work for the beginning chapter readers but doesn't have enough humor or fright for the struggling readers of 5&6 grade.

It's ok to throw out there as a try for some readers, but I probably won't read a second one n
Victoria Whipple
I'm not quite sure how to classify this story of a Ben Franklin accidentally brought back to life by a rogue lightning strike. Let me back up. At the beginning of the book the reader witnesses Mr. Franklin putting himself into a state of suspended animation using, of course, some of his inventions. Hundreds of years later, a rogue lightning strike wakes up Mr. Franklin, who rents the apartment in Victor's building. Victor discovers Ben's secret and sets out to help him control his battery charge...more
Angie
Thoughts ...

the science nerd slightly outsider student has been done. Many times over. Benjamin Franklin as a Prometheus? Not so much.

SO ... still liking this kid even though his character is pretty standard. Scott's a hoot. And the illustrations are fun.

"But not having to decide what to wear saved important brainpower. Brainpower that Victor could use for his scientific pursuits." (p15)

"Do not fear mistakes, Victor. If It doesn't work, we will simply try again. I have often found that failure i...more
Holly Thompson
I am excited to recommend this to the 3rd and 4th graders as a first selection to the MHL nominees for '14-'15. It's funny science-fiction that I think will get more check outs in the funny section. It was especially funny to imagine the scene with too many Benjamin Franklins!
Simone
It wasn't the most engaging book I've ever read, but I think 4-6th graders will love this. It's a sneaky blend of sci-fi, historical fiction, and realistic fiction. It's apparently also a series, which helps hook kids into reading several books. The graphics, photos, diagrams, etc. break up chapters and add visual interest. Franklin's character also drops some inspirational quotes that end up being important themes in the story.
Heather
Doesn't the title just make you want to burst out with a mad scientist laugh? Mwah-ha-ha! In this clever story, scientists such as Benjamin Franklin, have been scientifically suspended/preserved by the Modern Order of Prometheus so that they can be awoken in the future when they are most needed. Unfortunately, when his custodian dies without being replaced, Benjamin Franklin is accidentally awakened by a lightning strike. Fortunately, Victor - the kid upstairs - is ready to help Ben adjust to hi...more
Amy
Title= 4 stars
Premise= 4 stars (Benjamin Franklin didn't die 200+ years ago; he's been preserved in a state of suspended animation, to be awakened at the time of a great emergency. Now, though there's no clear evidence of such an emergency, Franklin is back among the living, trying to make contact with his fellow Prometheans, and wreaking havoc on modern-day Philadelphia, with middle school science enthusiast Victor Godwin at his side.)
Illustrations= 4 stars (My favorites are the fake advertisem...more
Melissa
Victor's world is turned upside down when he accidentally awakens Benjamin Franklin after being in suspended animation for over 200 years. Victor must now help Ben adjust to the new modern world. Things get even stickier when Benjamin overloads on energy and become a raging monster set to destroy anything in his path. This is a fun twist on a historical figure that reminds me of pride and prejudice and zombies. I would read this book to 4-6 graders. This would be a great entertainer to be read a...more
Kim
Victor is a scientist and he has this year's science fair project all planned out and is set to win. His plans go slightly awry when a new tenant arrives to live in the apartment downstairs. Benjamin Franklin has been in a state of suspended animation for the past 200 years. He has no idea why he has awaken, but he must find the members of the Order of Prometheus, since he was to be awaken only during a matter if great importance. Now it is up to Victor to keep Ben's identity a secret, keep him...more
Jodie
Benjamin Franklin comes back in current time and is fascinated with some modern inventions. He helps Victor, a young scientist student, who helps him.
Karen Arendt
A good story for boys. Victor's mother rents an apartment to a strange man who looks like Ben Franklin. It turns out that Benjamin Franklin preserved himself over 20 years ago and is jolted awake by a stray bolt of lightning. Benjamin is searching for the "custodian" who will tell him what the great problem is that Ben needs to solve. In the meantime, he destroys Victor's science fair project and creates many mishaps along the way. Detailed, yet humorous, drawings explain scientific items, like...more
Beth Nieman
Sep 21, 2012 Beth Nieman rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: elementary age boys
This action-packed original short novel will have younger readers staying up late with a flashlight under the covers to get to the end of the story! Culminating with the absolute worst science fair disaster imaginable, the story reveals how Ben Franklin, one of our nation's greatest inventors, is brought to life in the 21st century. A young boy named Victor, who considers himself an inventor, too, discovers Ben's identity and helps to figure out why Ben has been awakened from his state of suspen...more
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Matt McElligott is the double-talking author of many half-baked books for children, including Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!, The Lion's Share, Bean Thirteen, and two Backbeard the Pirate adventures. He sleeps on half a double bed and puts half-and-half in his double espresso. He loves cake, but doesn't like to share, even with an elephant.
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