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The mysterious Benedict Society (edition 2007)

by Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis

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Title:The mysterious Benedict Society
Authors:Trenton Lee Stewart
Other authors:Carson Ellis
Info:New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
Collections:Your library, Abbey's
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, young adult

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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While not a horrible book, it is nothing special either. The set-up is intriguing (it got me curious enough to find the book in a second-hand store): 4 orphans, an unusual test announced in an ad, and a secret society involved in stopping a nefarious plot to control the world. The problem is that the narration is so bland and plodding that the reader loses interest in the actual story! Too much explaining, too many reiterations of what has just happened, too little passion or excitement. I won't bother with the other books. ( )
  Marse | Oct 17, 2014 |
(6.3)
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
It was EXCELLENT! I have to read the whole series now...

Each character is an awesomely exaggerated caricature of a trait recognized in Gifted children: Contrariness/stubbornness, good with puzzles, good at remembering material we have read only once, very resourceful, etc. I think that may be the best young adult novel I have read since T.A. Barron's Lost Years of Merlin series. It definitely surpassed Harry Potter and Hunger Games, in my opinion. Of course, since I grew up in Gifted classes, I may be a bit biased.

My favorite quote in the book is from pages 256-257:

"I was wondering if you ever wish you had a family," Reynie sputtered. He hadn't meant to speak so directly, but once he'd begun to ask it, the words just tumbled out.

Mr. Benedict nodded. "Certainly when I was your age I did. But not anymore."

Reynie wasn't sure whether to be comforted or depressed by this revelation. He'd been wondering how it would feel for him to grow up without relatives. "You . . . you grew out of it, then? You stopped wanting it?"

"Oh, no, Reynie, you don't grow out of it. It's just that once you acquire a family, you no longer need to wish for one."

Reynie was caught off guard. "You have a family?"

"Absolutely," Mr. Benedict replied. "You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family."

Reynie had drunk up those words like life-saving medicine. ( )
  KDKat5 | Sep 30, 2014 |
Humor pulls you into this one right away. A group of unusual tweens who come from a variety of living circumstances find themselves being thrown into a mystery that can only save the world.
  sacnate | Sep 14, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316003956, Paperback)

"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. 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.

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?

Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.

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After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

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