Benjamin Franklin by Adam Mansbach Online

Benjamin Franklin
Title : Benjamin Franklin
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ISBN : 9781484713044
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208

Dear Mr. Franklin,First of all, let me just say that this Assignment is Stupid. You are Dead. Why am I writing a letter to Some dead guy I've never even met?This is the start to a most unlikely pen pal relationship between thirteen-year-old Franklin Isaac Saturday (Ike) and Benjamin Franklin. Before the fateful extra credit assignment that started it all, Ike's life was prDear Mr. Franklin,First of all, let me just say that this Assignment is Stupid. You are Dead. Why am I writing a letter to Some dead guy I've never even met?This is the start to a most unlikely pen pal relationship between thirteen-year-old Franklin Isaac Saturday (Ike) and Benjamin Franklin. Before the fateful extra credit assignment that started it all, Ike's life was pretty normal. He was avoiding the popularity contests of middle school, crushing hard on Clare Wanzandae and trying not roll his eyes at his stepfather, Dirk-the-Jerk's lame jokes. But all that changes when, in a successful effort to make Claire Wanzandae laugh, Ike mails his homework assignment to Ben Franklin and he writes back. Soon, things go awry. After Ike has an embarrassing moment of epic proportions in front of Claire involving a playground, non-alcoholic beer, and a lot of kettle corn, Ike decides he needs to find a way to win Claire back. With some help from his new friend, B-Fizzle, can Ike get the girl and make his mark in history?


Benjamin Franklin Reviews

  • Ms. Yingling

    ARC from Baker and TaylorFranklin Isaac Saturday has an extra credit assignment for history class. Figuring that his teacher will not actually read the letter he writes to Benjamin Franklin, he fills it with snarky, embarrassing details, but does decorate it with an antique stamp from his stepfather's collection, and well as a wax seal. Too embarrassed to read the letter, he mails it to keep it out of the clutches of classmates and gets a reply from Ben Franklin himself! With the help of his cru [...]

  • Addie

    Entertaining! Who knew Ben Franklin was so funny. ;)

  • Chelsey Saatkamp

    I was given this at BookCon a few years ago and kept it because Benjamin Franklin is my fave Founding Father (sorry, Hamilton). Finally got around to reading it. The premise of this story is that a 7th grade screw-up named Franklin is trading letters back-and-forth through time with Benjamin Franklin, or "B-Freezy," as he likes to call him. Some of these interactions were pretty humorous- such as B. Franks asking and hoping if the turkey, not the eagle, is the national bird, and his casual insul [...]

  • Sara

    A few things: its badly formatted, which may be fixed by the publisher; it's really not appropriate for the given age group, which I did tell the publisher; and the main character isn't likeable. I like this author usually. :( I might try again at publish time, just in case. I really wanted to like it!

  • Lara

    Franklin “Ike” Saturday is given an extra credit assignment to write to a historical figure, so he writes a letter to his namesake, Benjamin Franklin, and fills it with insults, personal details, and sleazy references to drinking and playing ‘spin the bottle’ since he thinks that his teacher isn’t even going to read the letter. He affixes an antique stamp from his stepfather’s stamp collection onto the envelope for extra realism. After almost having his letter read out loud by his te [...]

  • Tristan Starzec

    Now, you might notice: I started the book on the first of August and ended it on the 18th. The reason it took me so long to finish this small book was because I COULDN'T GET INTO IT. For one thing, the publisher says it is 9-12 years old, but if you flip to the back, it says ABOUT THE AUTHOR. One of the first things it says is the books he wrote, one of them having the F word inside it. Also, the main character gets drunk in the middle of a midnight hangout with his friends. A 9-year old wouldn' [...]

  • Samantha Headley

    This book has a quite interesting premise. The main character is realistic for a 7th grader, but unlikable. I heard this book was sent between 2 authors and if that's the case, this makes sense. We can really just see so much stiffness in this writing, which I wouldn't have expected based on the good reviews i was given by friends at the time. I would recommend this book to a casual student who wants to get into reading.

  • Sharon Tyler

    Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my by Adam Mansbach and Alan Zwiebelis is a middle grade novel. This is the start to a most unlikely pen pal relationship between thirteen-year-old Franklin Isaac Saturday (Ike) and Benjamin Franklin. Before the fateful extra credit assignment that started it all, Ike's life was pretty normal. He was avoiding the popularity contests of middle school, crushing hard on Clare Wanzandae and trying not roll his eyes at his stepfather, Dirk-the-Jerk's lame jokes. But al [...]

  • Rachel

    I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley.Ben Franklin Huge pain in my… by Adam Mansbach is about a middle school aged Franklin (named after the one and only Benjamin Franklin). He received an assignment to write a letter to a historical icon for school and he decided to write his letter to Benjamin Franklin and shared a lot of personal information in this letter about his life, his lack of popularity, how things are at school and home, the girl he likes and how he blames Ben Franklin for [...]

  • Suzanne

    Many of us have had assignments for class that we thought were lame - the dreaded "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay, for example. But Ike has to write a letter to someone from history to get extra credit, and he picks Benjamin Franklin since his father named him after the famous inventor (Franklin Isaac "Ike" Saturday). So he writes to Mr. Franklin and displays a lot of 7th grade sarcasm, but he also tells Ben some of his current problems in middle school life. Through a strange quirk of th [...]

  • E.

    “Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my ***” by Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel is a children’s story that follows Franklin Isaac (Ike) Saturday as he deals with the annoyances of completing an assignment about the historical figure, Benjamin Franklin, even as he copes with the normal pressures of junior high. His unexpected correspondence with the famous Founding Father becomes an intriguing resource, especially when he needs advice about his rocky relationship with the girl he has a crush on, [...]

  • Amy

    This book is weird, and not weird in a good way, like The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party, but weird in a way that could be interpreted as either inappropriate or alienating, depending on the parent and the reader.Summary: Franklin Isaac Saturday writes a letter to his namesake, Benjamin Franklin, as part of an extra credit assignment for history credit. Embarassed by the personal nature of this letter, he decides to mail it instead of reading it [...]

  • Rachel

    I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to like this book. The title was funny, so it caught my eye. In reality, the book was pretty boring. When Franklin "Ike" Saturday writes a letter to Benjamin Franklin for extra credit, he is surprised to get a letter back from the famous historical man himself! He becomes pen pals with his namesake and eventually finds out he might be able to change history. The concept of the book is a good one, the fulfill [...]

  • Christina

    This is a funny book for middle graders about a boy who accidentally starts a correspondence with the real Benjamin Franklin. Franklin Isaac Saturday ("Ike") has to write a letter to a historical figure for a school project, and he picks Benjamin Franklin, but complains to him about how he hates being named after him, along with other beefs that he's sure no one will ever read, like losing his best friend now that they're in junior high. To add to the authenticity and hopefully get extra credit, [...]

  • Gigi

    This book looks like it would be for middle grade students who enjoy notebook-style books. The publisher lists the age range as ages 10-14. It is absolutely not for elementary or middle school students in my opinion. There are mentions of chugging wine coolers and making" jungle juice" from alcohol skimmed from a parent's stash mixed with that of others. The main character spends the majority of the book trying to meet a particular girl and then his main focus is how to "get to first base". The [...]

  • Julie Williams

    Honestly I should have known based on the title but I decided to read it hoping it would be something for my reluctant readers, maybe boys. Yeah, no. I knew at the end of the first chapter that there was no way I was going to recommend it or buy it. Franklin Isaac (who goes by Ike) has an assignment to write an imaginary letter to a famous person. He chooses to write to Ben Franklin whom he was namd after. In that first letter he mentioned Jungle Juice which "makes the chicks lose control". I wa [...]

  • Michelle

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review…I was a little nervous before I started this book, based on previous low reviews on , but I gave it a shot. I liked it; I thought it was funny and unique and could perhaps get some reluctant boys to read it, but I REALLY didn’t like the ending (Franklin’s last story was too long, and there was no resolution at the end). I also didn’t like that I couldn’t tell if it was a Fantasy book, or if there was going to [...]

  • Ms. B

    Interesting premise, the idea of letters being able to travel through the space time continuum, thanks to a few old vintage post stamps. A school assignment turns real when junior high student Franklin Isaac Saturday (aka Ike) chooses his namesake Ben Franklin for the historical figure he wants to write to. To make his letter more "authentic", he puts it in envelope with old-time stamps. After he gets out of reading it in class, he puts it in a mailbox. That's when things start to get real inter [...]

  • Tanya

    This was an interesting little book. I liked it because it was snarky, and it seemed as if Franklin Isaac Saturday was a little too smart for the ideal audience the book is targeted towards.But I did like it! I'm in the mood for some good ole Philadelphian and American Historical Fiction works--so this hit the spot! There isn't enough Middle Grade books that explore these things. And it seems as if the book was set up for a sequel, despite Ike's setbacks. So if I find the second one, I'd definit [...]

  • Bobby

    I have finally finishes this amazing book about the main character Issac or Ike. Its about him moving into a middle school with new kids because there school has around like 3 elementary schools. Its also about Ike getting mysterious letters from Benjamin Franklin. And Ike writes back. I think this is a nice boo for around 12 and up because there is some weird things in the book that is not right for younger kids.

  • Laura

    Well it's by the guy who wrote "Go the Fuck to Sleep" and the other guy wrote for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" sooo it's not exactly fluffy rainbows but it's funny! Some parts made me question whether it was appropriate for 5th-6th graders but they probably hear much worse. What's pretty great is that the letters from Benjamin Franklin are chocked full of wonderful vocabulary that I hope industrious kids will look up and commit to memory.

  • Sara Truog

    Just-ok middle grade novel about a kid who has a time-traveling pen pal relationship with Benjamin Franklin and makes some questionable choices during the process. Cool premise, but Daniel and I both did not love this. I think it had something to do with getting drunk on near beer at the playground to impress a girl. I'd hand this to fans of James Patterson's Middle School series, but there are better choices out there than this.

  • Cindy Kleback

    Franklin Isaac Saturday, a/k/a Ike, writes a letter to a historical figure for extra credit, and he decides to write to Benjamin Franklin, whom he was named after. Through a comedy of errors, the letter gets mailed, and isn't Ike surprised when he gets a letter from 1776 from the Founding Father?!? Thoroughly funny novel for middle graders with characters you won't soon forget. Based on the ending, I suspect a sequel will be coming.

  • Trever

    *Received this from Netgalley for an honest review*They said they are in middle school, yet drink "beer" or what turns out to be nonalcoholic beer and previously admits to drinking wine coolers not appropriate at all for age level!!Poorly written book, I wished I had never read it waste of time.

  • Josh Newhouse

    This book has an intriguing premise a decent character or 2, an irritating cliffhanger that leaves it feeling half-finished, a cover that makes it seem wimpykidesque, 4th grade and up and content that brings it to upper middle school In short fun quick read with no apparent audienceAnd it's shame Loved parts Was really looking forward to a revolution or resolution and neither came!

  • Alison

    An NPL teen gives this book 1/5 stars and notes that it was boring, scary, suspenseful, surprising, and made them angry. This reader also says: "I don't really like the book, because it is not funny" Check out what else this reader had to say on our Monthly Teen Book Giveaway reviews page: libraryaware/1186/New

  • Amy

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Not recommended. Half star.