Lisa Reviews: Andrew Clements' - "We Hold These Truths"
Ben and his two best friends, Robert and Jill, call themselves the Keepers of the School and they’re newest mission is to save their school, and the treasures inside of it, from destruction! They’re school is under a demolition order once school finishes for the summer break and instead will be turned into a seaside amusement park.
There’s only a few days left before summer break starts, so the Keepers decide to share their secret with more students. The three friends know that time is of the essence, and that they’ll never be able to do it all on their own.
They even get parents and a teacher, as well as a handful of classmates, to become their eyes and ears around the school. They’ll need as much help as they can get to discover and figure out all of the clues without being caught by either of the two janitors, who seem more than happy with the plans for the school.
When the Keepers finally find the treasure that’s been hidden for hundreds of years, they can’t believe what they’ve discovered. They know their only option is to call the police and the local museum even if it’s 3 A.M. and means getting in trouble. They know that there won’t be any other way to save the school before it’s torn down in a few hours time.
This is the first Middle Grade book I’ve listened to on audio and reviewed, and I truly enjoyed it! I thought the characters were smart, fun and adventurous – something I was hoping for in this kind of book. Ben, Jill and Robert really seemed to care about their school even if it meant breaking a few rules and getting in trouble.
The story was mysterious and suspenseful but still light and entertaining, perfect for any young reader just getting into books. The ending was truly amazing, and I was excited to see what the treasure Ben, Jill and Robert found would contain. And just like the Keepers of the School I was in utter shock when they found the things hidden inside of the school!
This is the fifth book in Andrew Clements, Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series, and I hope to pick up the first four instalments soon. Great book to get a child you care about into reading!