Benji Lightman is the school's football mascot, where he
shares his love for magic tricks as part of the game
celebrations. However, inside he longs for greatness as
he hopes next year to earn an apprenticeship at the
famous Magic Lantern Theatre and Shoppe. Benji and his
three best friends, CR, Ellie, and Zeeko are stunned when
a flying saucer interrupts their post-game party at the
quarry. Benji has been waiting for something like this to
happen, something to prove that he is more than ordinary.
He convinces his friends to keep their discovery silent.
Unfortunately, Benji isn't the only one who wants what
the flying saucer holds. Will Benji and his friends
survive the aftermath?
T. Michael Martin does a great job at showing the
friendship between Ellie, Zeeko, CR, and Benji. I love
some of the back stories underlying their friendship,
particularly the one about the cafeteria and the Cool
Kids' Table. There is a light romance weaved into the
storyline as well. T. Michael Martin does a beautiful job
at showing the magical quality of our childhood
friendships and the experiences shared during that time
I really wanted to like Mr. Fahrenheit a lot more than I
did. Some of my disappointment in the story stems from my
own expectations, however. I wanted to uncover the
mysteries of the flying saucer and see aliens whereas MR.
FAHRENHEIT is more of a coming of age story for Benji.
Don't get me wrong- we do eventually see aliens and the
action definitely heats up. However, the overall story is
more about Benji and his realization of how his
perceptions of the past are skewed by his own thoughts
and dreams. Fans of John Green might enjoy MR. FAHRENHEIT
as I suspect they will appreciate Benji's coming of age
Super 8 meets Friday Night Lights in this smart and
action-packed coming-of-age novel from the author of THE END
GAMES, T. Michael Martin.
Benji’s lived his whole life in the same sleepy midwestern
town—the same town his father grew up in, and his
grandfather. But he wants nothing more than to put his past
in the rearview mirror as soon as he graduates high school.
Benji yearns for a Moment—the Moment that will redeem and
transform his ordinary life. The Moment that will propel him
into a new, star-bright future.
Then one night, the Moment happens: Benji and his tight
group of friends—CR, Ellie, and Zeeko—accidentally shoot
down a flying saucer in the local quarry. At Benji’s urging,
they decide to keep it a secret and solve its mysteries on
their own. But as they face threats both earthly and alien,
and old tensions among the friends surface, Benji begins to
question whether this Moment is the miracle he’s always
dreamed of—or a curse that could destroy them all.