March 13, 2011
Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School #1 - by Andrew Clements
I was really looking forward to reading this new series by Andrew Clements, of whom I am a tremendous fan. Although I ended up liking it, I was also disappointed. The artwork was amazing, and the story was interesting, but this is one of those series where each book leaves you hanging for the the next one, meaning you pay big bucks for the hardcover (this is a fancy book) and don't even get resolution to the story that's been built up. This whole book feels like the first chapter in a story, introducing the characters and laying out the plot, which is actually pretty mysterious. The writing may be some of Mr. Clements' best, but I've always loved his stand-alone stories, which really tie up nicely and leave you feeling good. This is more like the 39 Clues than I would like, though less rewarding to the reader from book to book. Please Mr. Clements, just write big books or small, don't leave us hanging like this with your unresolved books with unnecessarily long names!
Read this if you love sailing, historical sites, architecture, evil janitor spies, or series that leave you hanging!