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The Resource Benjamin Franklinstein lives!, by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury ; illustrated by Matthew McElligott

Benjamin Franklinstein lives!, by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury ; illustrated by Matthew McElligott

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Benjamin Franklinstein lives!
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Benjamin Franklinstein lives!
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by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury ; illustrated by Matthew McElligott
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eng
Summary
While working on a science fair project, a Philadelphia school boy discovers both a secret laboratory in his basement and Benjamin Franklin, who comes to life after receiving a jolt of electricity
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  • Grades 4-7 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. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 09-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 1, p103)
  • 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, TX --Walter Minkel (Reviewed November 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 11, p121)
  • Nerdy Victor is literally blasted out of his compulsively regimented ways when "Frank Benjamin," waking from 200 years of suspended animation, moves into a nearby apartment. Being a human battery with electricity-conducting bolts embedded in his neck and veins filled with "harmonic fluid," Ben—er, Frank—has a tendency to run amok when overcharged or devolve into a zombielike state when the juice runs low—conditions that the authors exploit to hilarious effect as they send young Victor scurrying across Philadelphia after his new neighbor and mentor, discovering a secret lab buried beneath their rundown building and rebuilding his elaborate but derivative science-fair volcano into an experimental one so massively destructive that even Victor is left impressed and proud. Frequent technical diagrams and actual patent drawings add a luster of Real Science to the antics, and 18th-century veneer is provided by Poor Richard's Almanack–style borders and display type. The balance struck between Victor's methodical approach and Ben's "we'll have to trust our instincts, whack away at the problem, and hope for the best" attitude provide some food for thought, too. Expect sequels. (Sci-fantasy. 10-12)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2010)
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368990
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McElligott, Matthew
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[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
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no index present
Intended audience
  • 590L
  • Decoding demand: 96 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 85 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 88 (very high)
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  • Lexile
  • Lexile
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Tuxbury, Larry
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True
Series statement
Benjamin Franklinstein
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Science projects
  • Scientists
  • Schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Benjamin Franklinstein lives!, by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury ; illustrated by Matthew McElligott
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
786749
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
121 pages
Isbn
9780399252297
Lccn
2009027516
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399252297
  • (OCoLC)430192221
Label
Benjamin Franklinstein lives!, by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury ; illustrated by Matthew McElligott
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
786749
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
121 pages
Isbn
9780399252297
Lccn
2009027516
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399252297
  • (OCoLC)430192221

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