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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
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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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This was a Christmas gift waiting patiently in my closet for many years until I decided to read it. I was enraptured by the clever plot and charming characters. ( )
  aliterarylion | Jul 14, 2014 |
A society of gifted children. The mysterious Benedict Society, a group of kids on a mission. Reynie (Reynard), George (a.k.a "sticky"), Kate, and Constance, are all gifted kids working together to stop Mr.Curtain, Mr.Benedict's twin brother. The children complete a series of tests before being sent to the institute, Mr.Curtain's school. Which is where children are used to send messages so that Mr.Curtain can takeover and become falsely famous. While the children attend the school as spies they work their way up to the top and gain Mr.Curtain's trust. They learn about his device, the whisperer, which would record children's thoughts so Mr.Curtain could use them for his plan. They use morse code to keep in touch with Mr.Benedict while they complete their mission. With careful planning Mr.Benedict shuts off the whisperer and they get out of the institute.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. I gave it only 4 stars because, though it was a good book, it was long and the story took awhile to develop. Also, the book seemed never ending. Towards the end it seemed to drag on. The Mysterious Benedict Society was a great book, I would recommend it to anyone who likes long, mystery-like books. All in all it was a good read. ( )
  br14masa | May 19, 2014 |
Quite enjoyable book, really cute, fast paced and no nonsense. Ended up getting a tattoo from the line "Schools and rules are tools for fools I don't give two mules for rules." really loved that bit. Worth a read, a quick read too. ( )
  Klp.Krista | Apr 13, 2014 |
Entertaining, but not very original. It wasn't the fastest read either. Fun characters though, and warm-hearted messages all around. ( )
  KatieCarella | Apr 12, 2014 |
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a group of gifted kids who are brought together by a mystery man, Mr. Benedict. All the kids are kind of outcast for some reason, but together they make a powerful team. There is a surprise at the end when we learn more about Constance and why she behaves the way she does. The book is quite interesting, although maybe a little too long. ( )
  aleader | Apr 11, 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?

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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