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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Benjamin Franklinstein (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252297
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-6–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. The mock 18th-century illustrations are great fun, and readers can look forward to sequels.–Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TXα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Young science-whiz Victor has it all figured out. His erupting volcano has a 97 percent chance of winning the science fair (the scale-model toga-wearing fleeing Pompeians alone are worth 13 percent). What he doesn’t figure is that in the week following him finishing and displaying it, a lightning bolt will reawaken a dormant Ben Franklin, who has been sleeping in an electrical muck-filled box hidden in a secret basement for the past couple centuries. Ben had himself put into suspended animation so that he could help humanity in the future, and that’s just what he does as long as you consider running amok after imbibing too much electricity (he functions as a walking/rampaging rechargeable battery) and destroying Victor’s volcano to be helpful. It’s a light, funny read, and McElligott’s many diagrams, graphs, and drawings are a nice addition. Depending on kids’ tolerance for outlandish sciencey gobbledygook, this should be a welcome diversion to pass the hours between scoring science-fair ribbons and exploding home chemistry sets. Grades 4-7. --Ian Chipman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book 'Em! Blog on June 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After 200 years of peaceful sleep, Ben is back! And he's lost - "I am simply an old man, lost in time" - or is he? Believing he may be the last of the Prometheans, Ben does not give up. He inspires Victor to trust and to believe...no matter the results. While Ben is running around town eating as much electricity as he can (oh, the irony), Victor remains faithful and searches for answers, not just for Ben, but for himself. And with the science fair just around the corner, a ruined project, and one of the greatest minds available for consultation, the results are fantastic...or disastrous. You decide!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Dearstyne on November 2, 2010
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A master of capturing voice, Tuxbury and McElligott aptly convey the nuances and voice of middle school life. The story of how Benjamin Franklin has awakened from suspended animation weaves science, history, adventure, mystery and humor. Yet the message--be true to oneself--rings through. Kids will love the fast-paced action, and McElliogott's outstanding artwork brings the story to life, adds vitality and draws the reader deeper into the story. The next installment should be worth waiting for.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a delight to read.Matthew mcelligott is a wonderful author.i can not wait to read the next book in the series
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By paige on October 14, 2013
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This book is a great book for kids because it is action,history,and pure awesomeness all in one!! Bengimen franklen comes back to life and meets a kid named vector.vector helps ben (bengimen franklen) find the modern oder of promethious,they go on a loooooong adventure and finaly find it,or do they?
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By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2013
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I love it it is totally awesomely amazing you ought to read it and you shouldn't judge a book by its title but by its reviews
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