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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Keith Nobbs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Series Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780743583855
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The Boston area has been hit hard by a new wave of commercialization. Historic sites have yielded to the lure of big bucks, and now, C. Robinson Fetchley, a shady developer, is planning to make history by breaking ground for his tenth entertainment mega-park—but he needs to get his hands on the Duncan Oakes School first.

 

While everyone else in town is in love with this garish future, young Benjamin Pratt is in love with the past, the real past. He is one of those rare middle schoolers who already knows what he wants to do in life: he wants to be an historian. And, right now, the only thing he likes about his educational experience is Oakes School itself. It’s so old, it’s so interesting. It’s so full of stories. But what can he do? He’s just a 6th grade kid who likes American history.

 

Then, one day at school Ben discovers an old leather pouch, really old—just the way he likes it. Inside is a parchment scroll written by three students. The date on the note is 1791. They call themselves The Keepers of the School and it turns out, the 18th century keepers are not the only secret groups that have existed at Oakes School.

 

This first in a six-book series follows Ben and his sarcastic friend, Jill as they uncover a remarkable history and use it to protect the future of their school. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspenseful…Clements has the makings of an action-lover's dream scenario: a school setting full of history and secrets, a tense kids-versus-adults dynamic, and a sailing race to boot…exciting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Andrew Clements excels at creating provocative stories that take place in realistic school settings, and narrator Keith Nobbs excels at bringing them to life…Nobbs skillfully highlights the boy’s emotions without overdramatizing them. He captures the tones and rhythms of middle school voices, distinguishing them clearly from the occasional adult voices. The lively centerpiece of the story is his insightful portrayal of Benjamin, a likable character who ensures listeners’ engagement with the story.”

    AudioFile

  • “The perfect read for kids who dig school and aren’t too shy (yet) to admit it.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “What sets this title apart is the skillful way that Clements conveys Benjamin’s growing appreciation of his seaside hometown’s landscape and history. Readers will look forward to finding out how the disparate clues come together in coming installments.”

    Booklist

  • “Exciting…Good writing by an experienced author, likable characters, and a mystery to be solved make this a solid choice.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/20/2014

    " It was a really good mystery book, but it left me hanging. Now I'll have to read the second book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa Husby | 2/19/2014

    " Good book for kids who enjoy mysteries. Slow to start... but revs up a bit once the details of the plot start coming together. Enjoyable and easy to read, thanks to Andrew Clement's ability to reflect typical conversation between kids and adults. Probably a good read-aloud, since each chapter ends with a mysterious tone, which leads the reader to want to continue and see what happens. Curious to read the subsequent books in the series and see how the story develops. Hoping they begin to focus more on the main plot (saving the school), as this book really only started to set the general story and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 2/14/2014

    " It was a smooth, enjoyable read, but ended too soon. I do want to keep reading the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobhyrax | 2/11/2014

    " This book was a good read and very worth it... so I bought the sequel! It also got me interested in knowing more about my school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/9/2014

    " Reminds me of the movie "Goonies" and I'm interested enough to pick up the second book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Jackson | 1/5/2014

    " Ben and Jill have been entrusted with a mission to save their school. The school is in danger of being torn down and made into a theme park, but an old dead sea captain foresaw a possible attack, and Ben and Jil must now figure out the clues that can help them save it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Carter | 1/5/2014

    " Includes an unnecessary and rather boring boat race, but it was good enough to make me want to read the second book in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew | 1/1/2014

    " I got lost about in the middle of this book. I do not like how it has blue illustrations, instead of black and white. Highly not recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 12/29/2013

    " This was interesting for the boys and was okay for me as well. This is the start of a series and there was no closure at all in the main story line. It's like this book was the first 10 chapters of a really long story. Guess we'll have to read the rest of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 11/15/2013

    " I was really excited to read this book after hosting the amazing Andrew Clements at my library. I LOVED it and can't wait to read what comes next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi Murphy | 10/19/2013

    " Read this book on the recommendation of my oldest son. I really, really liked it. Can't wait for the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luisa | 10/18/2013

    " Very intriguing! A new style for older students by fave author Andrew Clements. The illustrations are cool too. Looking forward to reading the next in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth S | 7/22/2013

    " As a stand-a-lone book, this is pretty good. As the first book in a series, it opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities. Can't wait to read more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy | 6/14/2013

    " those strs are for the series, not just this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 3/15/2013

    " Here's a different type of school story from Andrew Clements. This was an interesting start to his mystery series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Anne | 12/9/2012

    " The plot seems a little too contrived. The font that the book is set in is also a little small for the target audience. The mystery will appeal to fans chapter book mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/25/2012

    " So Andrew Clements has not let me down with this book. I can even appreciate the cliff-hanger -- and that usually just irritates me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Thaler | 10/13/2012

    " I liked this story. I thought it was an easy read and there are not many cliffhanger stories for kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 9/20/2012

    " A 2011-2012 Great Stone Face nominee. If you are interested in sailing and mysteries, this is a great book. The first in a series and it leaves me wanting to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 pati | 12/20/2011

    " Argh! A cliffhanger ending; Andrew Clements is a fantastic author and book one of The Keepers of the School is black-and-white proof! I look forward to reading the next book in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Middleton | 12/19/2011

    " The book has great writing and is a fast-paced mystery but there is no ending. It stops in the middle and setups for the next book. I felt jipped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mallory | 9/3/2011

    " Kind of dumb, right when the plot started getting sort of interesting the book ended...so now I have to wait for the next book, but I probably won't ever read it. Oh well... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lee | 6/25/2011

    " Didn't think I was going to like it at first, but I'm hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/13/2011

    " It's actually a pretty fun series. It's a really easy read and I can see sixth graders really enjoying the story. The books feel like they end a little weird to me- almost like I am reading a television series, but it's not bad. Just different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 6/4/2011

    " Here's a different type of school story from Andrew Clements. This was an interesting start to his mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 5/29/2011

    " Interesting plot, good characterization, unresolved ending that makes you want to read the next book in the series. You just can't go wrong with any book by Andrew Clements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 5/19/2011

    " A 2011-2012 Great Stone Face nominee. If you are interested in sailing and mysteries, this is a great book. The first in a series and it leaves me wanting to read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela in ABQ | 4/3/2011

    " Emma liked this one a lot and is asking for the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 3/27/2011

    " Great start to a new series, love the history element to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 3/22/2011

    " There's a lot of setup for very little action. We kind of know who one antagonist is, we kind of know that a foe might become a friend ... kind of. The mystery was fun, but I expected more plot development--it felt more like the first chapter of a book than the first installment in a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kadenfootball | 3/2/2011

    " i think its ok its like a mystery ben dosnt want the new janetor to get a gold coin.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/27/2011

    " A different kind of Clements book. I would like to read the next one. Did not expect the cliff hanger ending. Lots going on in the story, maybe too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 2/25/2011

    " Good start for a fun series. I like the bits about sailing. The main character is definitely believable and like-able. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously successful children’s novel Frindle. He has won two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award, and more than ten million of his books are in print. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, and others. Clements is a graduate of Northwestern and National Louis universities, and he currently lives in central Massachusetts with his wife.

About the Narrator

Keith Nobbs is a stage, television, and film actor who is best known for his portrayal of Joey Ice Cream in the television series The Black Donnellys. He has acted on Broadway with the Roundabout Theatre Company and appeared in such television shows as The Sopranos, Law & Order, and New York Undercover.