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Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School Books In Order

Publication Order of Benjamin Pratt Books

We the Children (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fear Itself (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whites of Their Eyes (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Harm's Way (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Hold These Truths (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Andrew Clements was born in 1949 in New Jersey, and grew up in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill, before moving to Springfield, Illinois. Clements’s parents inspired him into writing, as they were avid readers and passed on the reading culture to Andrew and his siblings. Andrew graduated from Northwestern University majoring in literature. He worked for a small publishing house, and his initial writing was a how-to book titled. “A Country Christmas Treasury.” Andrew wrote his second book, Frindle, published in 1996, and it became more popular than any of his previous works. This small success turned him into a full-time writer. Over time, Andrew has learned to work under a restrictive environment where he only needs a small desk and chair, his laptop and a stove for the cold winters. He needs a lot of time and a tranquil place to think as he writes. No TV, no cell phone, and no email.

We the Children #1Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School

Benjamin Pratt’s school may soon change into a new is about to become the site of a new children’s fun park. It feels like a dream, the idea of an amusement park in the middle of his hometown with all the fun and diverse foods, loads of traffic coming in and out of the venue. The park’s going to change everything. Ben Pratt is not averse to change. He didn’t like it when his dad moved out and went to live on the Marina, which was once a family sailboat. If it were up to him, he would prefer if the school just remains as it was before. He is quite fond of his school, a 200-year-old establishment sitting on the harbor. The classrooms offer spectacular views, and the playground has a welcoming ocean breeze. Ben has a chat with the school Janitor who hints that the spectacular views have everything to do with the sale of his beloved school.

But, what most locals don’t know is that the school does not belong to the county government. It belongs to the children, and they have a right to defend their school at all costs! Ben, his friend Jill and Robert start a revolution towards blocking the multimillion-dollar park deal. History is about to change, and the power belongs to the keepers of the school. Will Ben and his friends manage to ward off the scrupulous investors? “We the Children” is a suspense-filled novel, detailing the beginning of a long battle by schoolchildren to defend their school. It is an action to safeguard the school and these kids discovered just how intimidating little facts could be.

Fear Itself #2 Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School

The planned demolition is about to take place at Ben Pratt’s school. Ben has a handful of hints that could help his colleagues save the school, but the information has so many riddles too complicated for the youngsters to decipher. Ben and his friends are confused and don’t know where to begin. Lyman, the snake, pretending to be the school janitor, needs to know, what’s at stake because, if the planned development occurs, that could be the end of the $30 million deal that pays his earnings. This is an enormous amount than what a typical janitor makes. As the Janitor prowls in the shadows—Ben and Jill have to accomplish a few things to enable them to save the school and stay ahead of Lyman. It seems an uphill task, but the mysterious book keeps readers on edge especially with the clueless riddles giving Ben such a hard time figuring out. Ben and Jill know when to defend Oakes School for the other kid’s benefit and for themselves too.

The Whites of Their Eyes #3 Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School

In this installment, Ben and Jill, try to follow the clues left behind intended to keep the school. However, janitor Lyman carefully watches their every move and the two needs to expand the defense team. They bring in Ben’s relentless foe, Robert Gerritt. Every attempt to uncover the clues to save the school hits a dead end. Time is clocking quite fast, but the youngsters’ determination to press on is resolute. They have included a few adults on their team.

This novel explores into some deeper narratives, Like Ben dealing with his parent’s separation and the pending divorce. Robert has lost both parents and is currently under the care of his grandmother. Jill, on the other hand, is dealing with domestic quarrels back home with constant fights from her parents. All three try to save their school from a selfish sell-out to wealthy investors. The school Janitor closely monitors the kid’s movements. He has even gone a notch ahead by having sensors installed in the school compound, and worst still, he’s got a patrol dog in the complex too! Their troubles never end. Adam Stower wonderfully adds some illustrations to complement the story. The entire storyline is fun and engaging. Children will be hooked to the book with undying curiosity to learn what Ben and his friends are up to. This book may spark a little reflection in children, and how they communicate with others especially those colleagues, they’d rather not engage with.

In Harm’s Way #4 Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School

The kids have eleven days to their school demolition. Tension is high among the team, they frantically find ways to supersede the decision to sell Oakes School, and the property converted into a modern theme park. We can see some positive outcomes in this series as more kids join the team of Keepers. However, the enemy does not hold back and seems to fight harder with every stride taken by the children. The Glennley group reaches out to Ben’s mom to bribe her by offering her a lucrative real estate contract. Jill’s father is intimidated too, but they press on with their mission. Foe turned into friends, Ben and Robert realize that malicious misinterpretations fed their insecurities. They work together tirelessly while dealing with numerous personal issues back home. Simply engaging and fun to read. I highly recommend this mystery series to every teenager and young adult. It has great lessons and insights to learn and carry on in later life.

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