The Mysterious Benedict Society
"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end, just four very special... show more
"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end, just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. They will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Publish date: 2008-04-01
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 477
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...