Book: We Hold These Truths by Andrew Clements
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Benjamin Pratt and his friends Robert and Jill lead a group of people in an effort to save their school from destruction. Students, teachers, and parents work together to stop a developer from leveling the historic building and raising an amusement park. This group, calling themselves The Keepers of the School, avail themselves of every possible aid and situation, such as old maps, cryptic messages, secret passageways, hidden panels, and graduation ceremonies as they try to foil two rogue janitors and discover the one irrefutable failsafe to rescue their school before the demolition begins.
Interesting premise that fell a little short on delivery. This is actually the fifth and final book in a series, which I didn’t know when I bought it. I don’t think I missed much, though, since each of the clues discovered in the previous installments was mentioned and explained. While the content of that final failsafe was a surprise, little else was. Readers of Mr. Clements’ other works, especially his best known Frindle (although my personal fave is The Landry News), will see some writing patterns and plot devices he has made good use of before. Harmless, nice little story, even if the wrap-up is a bit self-evident.