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Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott
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Aug 03, 2012

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bookshelves: boy-book, mystery, humor


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 room in the house. Even though he does smell a little like he has spent too much time in a cave and has a greenish complexion, Victor's mom is happy to oblige–after all, he pays the deposit in 1783 gold coins. Franklin also needs regular charges of electricity to stay alive, but when hit by lightning, he temporarily transforms into a real Franklinstein. Victor is one of the funniest nerds in children's literature. He doesn't take long to divine Franklin's secret and is off on expeditions to help him find the Prometheans while trying, with the famous inventor's help, to win top prize in the school science fair.

My Comments:
A silly book that would definitely appeal to boys. The cool thing is that the book is based on a historic figure, Ben Franklin, so the reader learns something about him along the way. The book looks good too. Each page has its own border and there are lots of mock 18th-century illustrations - even of a Philly steak sandwhich. There are some sequels with other historic characters Orville and Wilber Wright and Thomas Edison that sound like fun too. Recommended for boys in grades 4-6.

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