Name: Ben Riker
Tall, blonde and broad-shouldered.
Ben is Honey's cousin. It is uncertain
whether he is the son of Mr or Mrs Wheeler's sister, but he comes to stay with
the Wheelers several times.
He is a practical joker whose jokes tend to get
increasingly worse and cruel as he gets older. He spends his vacations at
summer camp and excels in sports.
However, he gets in with the wrong crowd and is
sent to stay with the Wheelers for a while and makes life miserable for
everyone. He has no respect for money and little respect for the feelings
of other people.
Ben seems to have lived a life similar to the life
Honey had before she came to Sleepyside. He spent little time with his
parents and was always away at boarding school. His practical jokes are a
cry for help as he seeks constantly to be in the spotlight, even if it means
getting in trouble.
When Ben finds himself a suspect for a string of
vandalisms in Sleepyside, he gets a wake up call and realises how his actions
are affecting other people and experiences a change of heart.
Deep down, Ben is a nice guy and this shows on
occasion. He is a colorful character in the books and contributes to some