The Amazing Life of
Benjamin Franklin


The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin
by James Cross Giblin
illustrated by Michael Dooling

Giblin and Dooling have created a realistic portrait of Franklin and his many contributions, presenting his successes and his challenges (illnesses, business challenges, problems with his Royalist son over the Revolutionary War...).

"A balanced biography that belongs in all collections." (School Library Journal)


Awards Won

  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2001
  • Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Award  2001
  • National Council for Social Studies Notable Book 2001
  • National Council of English Teachers Orbis Pictus Honor 2001


Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Gr. 3-6              DRA Level:  50                 Lexile Measure: 880L
Grade Level Equiv:  5.8           Guided Reading: T


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