The Mysterious Benedict Society
Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive... show more
Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.
Publish date: March 7th 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 492
Edition language: English
Series: The Mysterious Benedict Society (#1)
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 ...
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 ...
The Mysterious Benedict Society gave me hope for future generations in the way that Matilda probably gave adults hope for my generation. The story is told Harry Potter-style, through the eyes of Reynie Muldoon - a kind-hearted and intelligent kid who actually reminded me a little bit of Harry Potter...
hmm. other than the fact that I could predict the plot twists a few pages before they happened, I also felt like the characters were a tad cardboardy. I mean, is Constance ever not grumpy? exactly. but I liked it.
Is there a word for a book that starts with great promise whose momentum just peters out about halfway through? I feel like this is a fairly common problem in the literary world and there ought to be a word! And maybe there is and I just don't know it. I was super stoked when this book was chose...