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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
Tags:fiction, young adult

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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This is a fun, adventurous, and exciting book written for ages 8-13 years. The four main characters, two boys and two girls, take a test to qualify for Mr. Benedict's "team" (the test section of the story is very funny and rather unusual!). At the time of the test, the children don't know what they are actually qualifying for, but as Mr. Benedict explains that the world is in danger and only children can save it, they are up for the challenge! Each child has his/her own special talents like being good at thinking and solving riddles/problems, or remembering everything they see/hear, etc. (but nothing magical or supernatural). So they each use their talent to help and, of course, you can guess how it ends!
I really enjoyed this book and can see how children would like this adventurous thriller! It would also be fun to read with a child :) ( )
  TerriS | May 23, 2017 |
Reynie Muldoon isn’t your average 11 year old. In fact, he’s quite brilliant, and when he gets the chance to take a test to get into a secret society, he is nervous yet excited. Only four kids that take the test will be chosen to attempt a mysterious mission, and passing and failing is not merely decided by correct answers. In the end, with evil looming, will the power of four children’s imaginations be enough to sway the balance?
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Stewart brings the reader along for the ride in this budding sleuth mystery as he challenges them with the same puzzles and tests our four protagonists face. The kids are the only hope for success as they are immune to the mind controlling machine of Mr. Curtain. There are surprises around every corner in this first of three books following the Mysterious Benedict Society.
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This is a great book for upper elementary recreational reading. It could also be used in a young adult book group, as they could discuss using individual strengths to achieve team goals. ( )
  smoel14 | Apr 9, 2017 |
Started very promising, then just bogged down. (Only made it through 5 of 11 audio parts.)
  J.Green | Apr 7, 2017 |
After passing mind-bending tests that were advertised in a newspaper, four gifted children are sent on a top secret mission.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 1, 2017 |
There are books that suit a reader of every age. This is not one of those books. While it was a quick, easy and delightful read I wasn't really into it. Now if I was, let's say 12 years old, I would be all over this book!
The message delivered in this book was fantastic, however, it had it's limitations on what type of readers it can attract.
That said, when I have kids I would love to read it again with them, and maybe see it from a child's point of view. ( )
  bookandsword | Jan 9, 2017 |
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Ellis, CarsonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In a city called Stonetown, near a port called Stonetown Harbor, a boy named Reynie Muldoon was preparing to take an important test.
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Four clever children
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"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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