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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 ›
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This book is an excellent book for readers in 5th or 6th grade. Maybe lower. But it has a great story a great beggining and ending, great characters and a great setting. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by J. Libson
Found this at a used bookstore and thought I'd give it a chance. I don't often read YA or children's books but this was more of a Harry Potter kind of book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chrissylynn80
This is an absolutely, wonderful children's book, which is sure to peak the curiosity in children 10 to 13 years old. Apt to also have them question who, what, where and why. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Lynne
Though the book was quite long, it was an amazing book. I read it for 7th grade for summer reading, and I read it with my dad and brother. I can't wait to read the next one!Published 17 days ago by Charles Puett
This book is one of my favorite books of all time. What I enjoyed most about this book was the mystery and unexpected turn of events. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jeff from GA
I really enjoyed this story about a group of young orphans caught up in an adventure which requires them to learn to rely on each other and work together to save the world.Published 21 days ago by Betty c.
I really liked this book. It's a nice combination of humor, action, and friendship. This is a piece of art that you'll remember fondly throughout your life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Jeon
I loved how all the kids were united with a family in the end. I also loved the four kids' adventure. It was a very exciting book to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Swagwizardðð