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Welcome to the One Book, One Community Middle School Reading Program
May 13, 14, 15, 2024

Join us as we learn about the world of Benjamin Franklin

About the Author

Matthew McElligott has been a working, published writer for over twenty-five years now, he’s been drawing and making up stories for as long as he can remember.

He grew up outside of Albany, New York and lives not far from there today. He went to college at Alfred University, then graduate school at the University of Buffalo. He has a studio in his home which he shares with his wife, Christy, and a bunch of animals.

When he’s not working on illustration and children’s books, he spends his time teaching as a professor at Russell Sage College in Albany, NY.

About the Book

Victor Godwin’s orderly life is upended when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin never actually died–he was put in suspended animation and hidden away for more than 200 years in Victor’s basement!

After an accident awakens Ben, Victor must not only help him adjust to the modern world but also help him overcome a slight flaw–when Ben runs low on energy, he turns into a rampaging monster desperately hungry for electricity.

The World of Benjamin Franklin and His Influence

Started the first fire company, Union Fire Company, 1736
First Postmaster, 1776
Connection between lightning and electricty, 1752
Printer of the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1729
Created the Library Company, the country’s first subscription library, 1731