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Becoming Ben Franklin
How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
by Russell Freedman

Trade Binding | 96 pages | 10 1/2 x 9 | US$ 24.95
ISBN: 9780823423743 | 03-15-2013

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 10 up

Themes: Biography, Government & Politics
Recommendations: A*, C, H, K*, SLJ*

CCSS Codes:
4: RL.4, 7
4-8: SL.1
5-6: L.5, RL.10, SL.2, 4, W.1-3, 7, 9
6: RI.2-3, 8, SL.1, 4-5
6-8: RI.2, 6-7

About the Book

In 1723 Ben Franklin arrived in Philadelphia as a poor and friendless seventeen-year-old who had run away from his family and an apprenticeship in Boston. Sixty-two years later he stepped ashore in nearly the same spot but was greeted by cannons, bells, and a cheering crowd, now a distinguished statesman, renowned author, and world-famous scientist.

Freedman's riveting story of how a rebellious apprentice became an American icon comes in an elegantly designed book filled with art and includes a timeline, source notes, bibliography, and index.


★"A superb addition to Freedman's previous volumes on the Revolutionary period."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★"Freedman . . . is a master at taking primary sources and turning them into engaging narratives that draw readers into the subject."-School Library Journal, starred review

★"Handsomely designed, solidly researched, and beautifully written, this is the go-to biography of Franklin for young people."-Booklist, starred review


IRA Teachers' Choice
Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award
Kirkus Reviews Best Book
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Book Links Lasting Connections in Social Studies
Booklist Editors’ Choice Top of the List
California Reading Association Eureka! Non-fiction Children’s Honor Book
Booklist Top Ten Biographies for Youth

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BECOMING BEN FRANKLIN: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
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