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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2008
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All is not well for the Mysterious Benedict Society. Reynie, still shaken by the previous adventures, finds himself having nightmares of being surrounded by snakes. A conversation with Mr. Benedict did little to ease his growing fears that wickedness is something to be generally expected of people. Kate has been living largely on her own wits for the past six months (Milligan largely off doing secret agent work) and Sticky has had trouble convincing his parents that he should be allowed to go to college. As for three-year-old Constance, she continues to struggle with being a young child genius, while the government refuses to even properly acknowledge her existence so she can be adopted by Mr. Benedict.
The group comes together again with the promise of experiencing a great surprise created by Mr. Benedict, but then learns something horrifying. Both Benedict and Number Two have captured by Curtain and his minions -- now going by the name "the Ten Man" -- for the ten different ways they have of torturing people. The only solution may be to follow through with Mr. Benedict's surprise -- an adventure he planned for them that may now be their only way to save him. So, once again, danger and thrills are promised, but also a great read and satisyfing adventure.
The book jacket states that the author, Trenton Lee Stewart, is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.Read more ›
As I began to read THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, I felt a similar sense of discovery and excitement at finding something new, different and very well done. Trenton Lee Stewart's first novel for children is packed with puzzles, mysteries and wordplay, not to mention a great story. I mean, what could be more thrilling than four kids whose mission is literally to save the world?
THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY does share some similarities with J. K. Rowling's celebrated series --- a tight group of friends (who don't always get along), absent parents, a school setting --- but it combines these elements with a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek style that will appeal to Lemony Snicket fans and an emphasis on puzzle-solving that will draw in readers who enjoy Blue Balliett's art-related mysteries.
The four central characters of the novel are thrown together when they respond to a mysterious newspaper advertisement that reads "ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES?" Following a grueling series of exams, only four children qualify to be sent on a special mission.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good book - for all ages!
This book is about a biy named Reynie who goes through these soecial test and is chosen to learn about a... Read more
Just finished reading this to my eight year old son and we both loved it. I will be honest and say that the first book didn't quite captivate me (though it did my son), but this... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Christopher
So much action, adventure, excitement... I love it! I'm not going to give people any hints, though for once my favorite character, Kate Weatherall, didn't die.Published 29 days ago
my daughter would not read it although she is a very good at reading many other booksPublished 1 month ago by lovingdad
This time the children embark on a daring, scavenger hunt journey to rescue their beloved Mr. Benedict. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelsey McAtee
Wonderfully constructed story and character development are the backbone of this exciting but weighty adventure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer