We the Children by Andrew Clements
(Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School)

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The first in a six-book series, We the Children follows Ben, his tech-savvy friend, Jill, and the class know-it-all, Robert, as they uncover a remarkable history and use it to protect the school.

Sixth grader Benjamin Pratt loves history, which makes going to the historic Duncan Oakes School a pretty cool thing. But a wave of commercialization is hitting the area and his beloved school is slated to be torn down to make room for an entertainment park. This would be most kids’ dream—except there’s more to the developers than meets the eye… and more to the school. Because weeks before the wrecking ball is due to strike, Ben finds an old leather pouch that contains a parchment scroll with a note three students wrote in 1791. The students call themselves the Keepers of the School, and it turns out they’re not the only secret group to have existed at Duncan Oakes.

About Andrew Clements

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Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in central Massachusetts and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
Published March 20, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 164 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Clues hidden in a centuries-old school, a sacred oath, an evil villain, and unlikely heroes combine to make an exciting book that will keep young readers turning the pages and wanting more.

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With the help of his friend Jill, Ben must solve the mystery of the gold coin, find the answers hidden in the secret history of the school, win a boat race and always, stay out of the danger lurking around the corner or in the sea!

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Benjamin Pratt, middle-schooler at Oakes School, is late for class -- and just in time for mystery and adventure.

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