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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (848 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Keith Nobb 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:
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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.

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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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