A New Young Adult Novel about Ben Franklin Hopes to Make the Founding Father More Accessible to a Younger Audience

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As Ben Franklin's three hundredth birthday approaches, author Josh Rubinstein is hoping to capture a younger audience with a fiction novel of the Founding Father. He intends to do this with the fun and engaging story of Franklin placed in Twenty First Century Philadelphia.

In December 2004, Philadelphia native Josh Rubinstein published his first novel, “Ben” (ISBN 141162050X, Lulu Press, Inc. Trade Paperback, 325 pp, 6x9), hoping to re-invent Ben Franklin for a younger audience, as Franklin's three hundredth birthday approaches, by telling a fictional tale of the Founding Father in the Twenty First Century.

Growing up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Josh has always been fascinated by Ben Franklin and his undeniable presence in the city. Always wondering how Franklin would react not only to today's Philadelphia but today's world as a whole, Josh began writing a tale of time travel and American history. It was his intention with this novel to create a three-dimensional character in Ben Franklin, along with a fun and engaging story that would entice young readers and encourage them to learn more about Franklin and American history.

The story centers around a seventeen year old boy named Ron Fleming, who is given the daunting task of showing the Founding Father a Philadelphia centuries beyond his imagination. Their interaction leads to a deep personal relationship as they attempt to rebuild Ron's broken family. It also becomes a thrilling adventure, when they discover the intentions of a corrupt Senator who wishes to use time travel to rewrite American history.

As efforts kick into high gear to re-invent Franklin and bring him into the Twenty First Century for his birthday, “Ben” is a wonderful addition, as it literally transports Franklin into our time. While aimed at audiences ages 12 and up, this story is a fun tale for the entire family.

“Ben” is available online at lulu.com (content ID 83221) as well as the official website at http://www.benthebook.com. “Ben” will be available for purchase soon on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

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