✰✰✰½ Young Patience Martin is a bright, spunky, and witty teenaged girl with a knack for getting into trouble. Facing four more years as an indentured servant is wearing thin with Patience. However, she gets more than she bargained for when her mistress, Mrs. Worth, dies from poisoning. Add a missing strongbox into the mix and Patience decides to run off. With a reward being offered for her capture, Patience turns to an unlikely friend, a young printer's apprentice named Benjamin Franklin, for help.
Before Patience can get into even deeper trouble, the two adventurous teens set out to solve the mystery of Mrs. Worth's death and to find the missing cash . Follow them through the streets of colonial Boston as the two devise various schemes to reveal the real murderer and thief.
The Bottom Line: The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin is a fun and quick read for the middle school set; this is a great introduction to historical fiction. Kids who enjoy mysteries will be intrigued.
Details: The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin by Bailey MacDonald. Hardcover published by Aladdin in 2010. 224 p. ISBN: 978-1-4169-9760-3