Benjamin Franklinstein Meets The Fright Brothers By Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury
The second book in a series by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxburg, Benjamin Fraklinstein Meets The Fright Brothers is a fun science fiction chapter book that keeps kids engaged in through its adventure, scientific facts, and historical fiction.
Victor Godwin has been trying to help Ben Franklin adjust to 21st century life after being in suspended animation for over two-hundred years. Victor, a young boy with promising potential to be a scientist, is helped by his friend Scott. Giant planes shaped like bats have been wreaking havoc on the city of Philadelphia. Victor, Scott, and Ben trace these attacks back to the bicycle shop owners, the Wright Brothers. However, they are now vampires.
Along with tackling historical issues such as Ben's understanding of a women being mayor, we get to see a young boy trying to bring an individual from the past into the present. The book is skillfully illustrated with numerous diagrams of such things as the plans for the 1903 Wright Flyer and Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment.
I believe that boys in fourth and fifth grade would love this book, but I can also see a lot of girls being interested too. The book is rich with social studies and science. What a great book for an interdisciplinary unit!