The Mysterious Benedict Society
When a peculiar advertisement appears in the newspaper for children to take part in a secret mission, children everywhere sit a series of mysterious tests. In the end, just four children succeed: Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance. They have three things in common: they are all honest, all... show more
When a peculiar advertisement appears in the newspaper for children to take part in a secret mission, children everywhere sit a series of mysterious tests. In the end, just four children succeed: Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance. They have three things in common: they are all honest, all remarkably talented and all orphans. They must go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened where the only rule is that there are no rules. There they must work as a team to save not only themselves, but also the world outside the walls.
Publish date: June 1st 2009
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
Series: The Mysterious Benedict Society (#1)
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 b...
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 ...
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...
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...