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review 2017-08-25 18:29
The start of an adventure
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Carson Ellis,Trenton Lee Stewart

I have really been enjoying the exploration of my library's middle grade fiction section. For the most part, I just grabbed books from the shelves that had interesting covers. This led me to The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart with illustrations by Carson Ellis (I told you she'd be mentioned again). If you're looking for a contemporary adventure story mixed with science fiction then you've found the right book (and series). The reader follows 4 orphaned (or semi-orphaned as the case may be) kids as they are taken under the tutelage of Mr. Benedict, a narcoleptic genius intent on saving the world. These aren't your typical children either. They are all gifted in very distinct ways and their combined powers make a heckuva team and that's what Mr. Benedict is counting on to turn the tide in their favor. The kids are set a seemingly impossible mission and are beset with obstacles at every turn. And that is what makes this such a fun and exciting read. I'm being deliberately vague in regards to their gifts and the specific peril that they are fighting against as it would no doubt ruin the twists and turns of Stewart's narrative. Suffice it to say, this was a really enjoyable book and I fully intend to continue the series.

 

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review 2017-02-02 20:38
Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums - Trenton Lee Stewart,Diana Sudyka

I really enjoyed this companion puzzle book. The puzzles range from pretty easy to quite difficult. My favorite part is that the answer key isn't straightforward. It gives you clues that lead you to the correct answer if you're stuck.

 

You can enjoy this book without reading The Mysterious Benedict Society first, but I think fans of the series will get more out of it than someone just looking for a book of puzzles.

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review 2016-12-16 04:34
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Carson Ellis,Trenton Lee Stewart

I zipped through the beginning of the book, but the ending took a while to finish. I don't remember having trouble reading any of the books the first time around. Not sure what happened this time (I did feel like there was a lot of telling... maybe that was part of it). But I like the characters so I stuck with it.

 

I haven't started the sequels, but maybe I'll try and squeeze them in before the year ends.

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review 2016-11-06 00:00
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart,Carson Ellis Eeeeeh. I can see why the series has become so popular with children, but then children do like to be talked down to and like their characters broadly defined by one or two - one or two only - characteristics and have villains with vague, improbable plans that are easily foiled. In other words, The Mysterious Benedict Society has a bad case of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Eeeeh.

Not a fan.

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review 2016-09-07 17:52
#TheMysteriousBenedictSociety: Finally, a good middle grade story! It's about time...
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart

It's so hard to find really good middle grade books.

 

In an effort to write a story that is "on their level," most of them are poorly written, have overly simplistic plots, and canned, characterless characters.

 

At last, I've found one that dares to assume our kids aren't stupid!

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society is what I think middle grade lit should be. The plot is smart. The characters have depth and show growth. The dialogue is fun and snappy. All that, yet the jokes remain appropriate, the challenges relatable, and the themes applicable.

 

A great find. Perfect for all ages.

 

Happy reading!

 

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