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The Mysterious Benedict Society (edition 2008)

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 (2008), Edition: 1, Paperback, 512 pages
Collections:Did Not Finish

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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This story was quite long (clocking in at nearly 500 pages) but worth every moment it took to read!

The story was jam packed with action and memorable characters, and I would like to be their friend in real life. The mystery and the story was wrapped up nicely at the end. By the end of the book, I couldn't believe it was over!

I'm intrigued to read the second book, but at the same time I liked how this story ended and I sort of don't feel the need to read more...I don't know.

I highly recommend this book, and happy reading! ( )
1 vote hawaiianmermaid701 | May 8, 2016 |
I am reading this book and it is delightful, it makes me smile. A very fun read to the whole family or for an older audience like me :) ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
For those of you who don't know, my husband passed away recently. That first night without him, I stayed in the room of the 11-year-old daughter of some family friends. I had been reading some vaguely depressing novel on my Kindle prior to the news, and obviously was in no shape to go back to that, but I badly needed an escape from the overwhelming sense of loss. Fortunately, the daughter's bookshelf was crammed with children's/young adult literature, which was the perfect thing for me in my zombified state. This book was interesting enough to keep me from thinking about my husband's death for minutes at a time, which I think is rather a high compliment; it was also filled with healthy "children can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles with good planning and a bit of pluck!" lessons. In that way it reminded me a lot of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which may be something I reread in the near future. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
This book was engaging for me and is engaging for children as well. It offers an exciting story that provides many opportunities for the reader to practice comprehension strategies. This book is a great tool with students to expand vocabulary and to practice metacognition. There are a lot of opportunities to think about what one is reading and practice flexibility as one reads. This would be an awesome read aloud to model such strategies with students. ( )
  MsSpartas | Feb 28, 2016 |
reading this with my kids, nieces and nephews...loving it!
  SkiKatt68 | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Ellis, CarsonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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