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The Mysterious Benedict Society (edition 2007)

by Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)

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Title:The Mysterious Benedict Society
Authors:Trenton Lee Stewart
Other authors:Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 485 pages
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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Christmas gift 2014, we read it aloud over the next six weeks, both of us charmed. It's genuinely clever, and a fun read: the puzzles are clever (both for the characters and for us), as are the premise and adventure; and, there's fun in the quirky personalities, the villain, and generally the friendships among main characters and minor.

Both fun and clever were many plot twists and puzzle solutions, perhaps my favourite the unexpected reveal of Constance's secret. (It's clear something is coming, but I did not suspect that!)

Upon completion, we reserved the second book from the library and began it immediately.


This edition features line drawing headpieces incorporating the chapter title. ( )
  elenchus | Mar 16, 2015 |
What would you do if you were a kid, and you were asked to spy on a dangerous man, who was trying to rule the world by brainwashing all of humankind? Well, if you are anything like Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance, then you would have accepted immediately. Acting as spies for their benefactor, Mr. Benedict, the four kids will have their hands full trying to survive in a hostile environment and stop mad scientist Mr. Curtain from achieving his insane and evil plan. But what can four kids do against such odds?

While this book was by no means boring, it was still predictable to a painfully obvious level. The characters were unique, and each of thmem enjoyable with their quirks and hidden talents. The plot was a good one, even if it bordered the impossible in terms of luck for the main characters. And Stewart does have a way with words. But I still would have appreciated beig shocked at SOME point, I guess....

I'll give the second book of the series a try, though. I do believe it might actually get better and all.... ( )
  Lydia_Perversius | Jan 30, 2015 |
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. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
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 |
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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?

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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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