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Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School #3: The Whites of Their Eyesby Andrew Clements
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Andrew Clements delivers the latest in his adventure-filled school series.
This could be the last great Memorial Day weekend on Barclay Bay, and Ben knows it. This time next year, he might not be able to stand in the yard of the Oakes School and watch the harbor shake off winter—boats buzzing just beyond the bulkhead and families spreading picnics in the fields. If the school gets torn down and replaced by an amusement park, the town will never be the same. But that’s only if the school gets torn down. Ben and Jill are determined to keep that from happening. And the evil janitor Lyman has taken note. He’s following their every move—and undoing their progress along the way. Good thing Ben and Jill have a secret weapon. (Who knew that annoying Robert Gerritt would be such a spy wiz?) But Lyman has a secret weapon as well: a vicious guard dog. These kids are smart, but can they outsmart Lyman—and his beast—as the clock tick, tick, ticks toward total demolition?
"Clements's third book in the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series finds the titular character fighting to prevent his school from being torn down and replaced by an oceanfront amusement park. Accompanied by his good friend Jill, Ben takes on the janitor Lyman, who is secretly working for the corporation interested in demolishing the school. Keith Nobbs, who made his name playing street-wise toughs and cops, may seem an odd choice to narrate this audio edition of a middle-grade novel. However, his handling of Ben's first-person narration is perfect and his performance brings the book's wild plot down to earth, More importantly, Nobbs's rendition of Ben is true to the text and believable. The only weakness in his performance is the voice Nobbs lends to Jill; she simply doesn't sounds like a teenage girl. Ages 7 — 10. An Atheneum hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series asks: Can a kid change the course of history?
About the Author
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 Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.Keith Nobbs has appeared on Broadway in The Lion In Winter and off-Broadway in Dog Sees God, Romance, The Hasty Heart, Bye Bye Birdie, Dublin Carol, and Four (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk Nomination). His film credits include Phone Booth, Double Whammy, and 25th Hour. Television credits include The Black Donnellys (series regular), Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and The Sopranos.
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