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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 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Richard Denney
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This was such a fun, quick and hilarious read. I loved the mixture of history with science and the supernatural, it all worked so well. I look forward to reading the next books in the series. P.S. I suddenly have the urge to eat potatoes. Yummmm! :)

- Richard
Carolyn S
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Maddie D
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it's a book that makes me like reading and it's entertaining
Lexi Z
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
NewFranklin School
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ms-patterson
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
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
My last MHL book. Sweet. I wanted so much to love this one. We study all about electricity, magnetism and Ben Franklin in 4th grade. I had hoped this would be a great accompanying read aloud. But it did nothing for me. The science in it was interesting but I have a hard time seeing many kids buying into it. Disappointing. Ps... My MHL winner for this year is definitely 'Belly Up'.
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.
Jan 16, 2013 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
What if I told you Ben Franklin never died. It is well know that he was a member of various secret societies, but one society had the mother of all secrets. The Modern Order of Prometheus was a very secret organization that found a way to “preserve” a living human in perpetual sleep until they were needed by the future. Ben was the first to be put to sleep. He has now awoken and is trying to find the custodian or anyone else with the Order to tell him why he has been awakened. But all he finds i ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Victor and he likes to invent machines robotic people that are historical ( Benjamin Franklinstein ) Do you think that Victor will be succesful yes or no!!!!!!!!!!!!
The prologue of Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! shows us a creepy chamber in which the famous Benjamin Franklin has bolts fastened to his neck (like Frankenstein's Monster) and is submerged in a coffin-like tub of gooey green liquid. We watch as he drifts into a coma state with his Caretaker from The Prometheus Order (a secret society) standing by. It will be the Caretakers' job through the years to keep Franklin's body safe and wake him when he is needed in the future.

Then we switch to the curren
Pop Bop
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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 r
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.


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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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.


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
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library264
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
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not a review, but ideas for using this book for a discussion group.
Had a fun book discussion of this title with the 4th and 5th graders this evening. They all enjoyed the humor and the technical drawings. We looked back at how the authors described Victor by sharing details about his day, then used the information to predict:
What would be Victor's favorite TV show?
What is Victor's biggest fear?
What is Victor's favorite snack food?
Where would Victor most want to go on vacation?
While snacking we u
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 29, 2012 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
Victoria Whipple
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ms. B
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, childrens, series, mhl
What I liked about this one, the premise; Ben Franklin has been in a sleep-like coma for the past 200+ years due to one of his electricity experiments. When he is awakened, he meets Victor, a young scientific mind of the twenty first century. Victor helps Ben discover a way to stay charged and alive while Ben helps Victor with his Science Fair Project.
What happens at the Science Fair creates quite the scene. Can Victor possibly win for the best project? Unfortunately this question is not answere
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Victor who discovers that Benjamin Franklin has come back to life and is running on electricity and is living in an apartment room under Victor.

This book was really good and very fascinating and it also had learning stuff too! This book reminds me of how it never hurts to fail just like when I build with Legos and try to build a new creation. This book also reminds me of Danny from The Loser List because Victor also seems very nerdy in a good way. I loved when Sco
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Matthew McElligott is the author and illustrator of many books for children including the Mad Scientist Academy series, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Backbeard the Pirate, and the Benjamin Franklinstein series. His books have been published around the world in many languages on five continents. Recent awards include the 2012-13 Oregon Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award for The Lion’s Share and t ...more