Benjamin Franklin personifies the American ideal. He was an inventor, a publisher, an author, an entrepreneur, a scientist, and a philosopher. And most importantly, he was a self-made man.
Having brilliant and independent pre-teens in the house, I was inspired to imagine what a teenage Benjamin Franklin must have been like. Thus the Cardboard Box Children series was born.
Drawing on research into Benjamin Franklin’s life, I introduced teenage Ben to my kids in the same historical context. From there, the story naturally and organically grew.
This is meant to be a fun, inspiring summer read, perfect for a few hours on the beach or during a short flight. For those familiar with Benjamin’s life and colonial Boston, the story is riddled with historical references and foreshadowing of things to come in the great philosopher’s life.
Most of the story was written during travels between Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, during an expat assignment, to fill the void of missing my family and to try to capture the emerging personalities of my wonderful children.