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Yes, It’s Ben Franklin!

Posted on: March 20, 2011

I spent last week at the Indiana and Illinois Reading Conferences, attended by over four thousand teachers, librarians, and administrators. Many of them carried my books back to their schools, promising to read them to their classes. To my surprise, Ben Franklin strolled by my booth, greeting conferees and offering his services, which included a school visit and story about his colorful life. When he picked up one of my books, I told him he was in it! Not much surprises Ol’ Ben, but he happily posed for a picture.

In the final chapter of Back to Bailey’s Chase, Sparky and Grey step through their sidewalk sketches of a medieval castle and into a magical world called “The Edge of Forever.” Acting as their guide, a young court jester takes them on a tour of an area referred to as “The Nick of Time.” In this place, the girls saw the spirits of many famous Americans including Abraham Lincoln. (They were amazed by his height and his black stove-top hat.)

Page 214-215 – “So,” Grey asked slowly, “‘The Nick of Time’ is like a holding place for those spirits who come to visit for a short time?”

“And they come when we read or study about them?” Sparky added.

The young guard smiled and nodded, making the tiny bells on his hat jingle. “Now you’re getting it. If you look more closely, you will recognize  more of the people here.” He pointed to the man flying the kite. “Don’t you recognize that man?”

The girls focused on the man with the long hair and round tummy, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and old-fashioned clothes. He stepped sideways, holding onto the string, adjusting it when the kite wavered. He watched the floating kite carefully.

“Is that Benjamin Franklin?” Grey asked, in awe.

 The guide smiled. “It most certainly is. He has a thing about kites, you know. He’s here because someone is putting in a lot of time studying his experiments right now. I believe it’s a college student doing a research paper.”

Ben moved on when he realized I wasn’t a teacher and couldn’t book him for a school visit. He didn’t even buy a book!

I hope you’ll read the book and find out “the rest of the story.”  (It’s only $2.99 on Kindle or Nook.)

Thanks for stopping by,

marlis

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2 Responses to "Yes, It’s Ben Franklin!"

That was a bummer!! I think he should have bought a book!!

I agree! I imagine if he were alive today he’d love the Kindle.

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