Publication date: April 2010
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Ben is just your average sixth grade boy, until the custodian surprises him by handing over a coin from the founder of the school and entrusting the protection of the school to him. Little does Ben realize that his school is in danger and he and an unlikely friend are the only ones who can save it. All of this amidst the regular difficulties of his life - a sailing race against an enemy and dealing with the separation of his parents.
Things I Liked:
It was a fast-paced and very quick read. The mystery that's introduced is intriguing and definitely makes you want to know what will happen next - especially since not much is told about it. Also the action race at the end was entertaining and fun. Most of the illustrations were just rough sketches, but the finished ones were fantastic! I can see they will add a lot to the story and keep it moving along. A great pick for reluctant readers, particularly boys.
Things I Didn't Like:
It was obviously an introduction to the series, where not a lot of information is given about the mystery and a whole lot of stuff was set up. I thought maybe a little more info in this short book would have helped, but it will definitely grab kids' attention and make them want the next book!
A bit like the 39 Clues series by multiple authors
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Overall rating: ****
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