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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
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 day 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 7 days ago by Swagwizardðð
I loced the whole series! It was not just a mystery but, also a action packed adventure with friendship bonds that groww strongly throughout the series. Read morePublished 19 days ago by l. knight
Every now and then, I pick up books at Salvation Army or 2nd hand stores on a whim, knowing that if the book is a clunker that I don't finish, I haven't wasted a lot of money. Read morePublished 22 days ago by BarClay
Pack your bags, and set sail as the mysterious benidict society take you across the ocean on their incredible journey. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Elizabeth McBride
My eleven year old daughter first read this series when she was nine, and she has read it several times since.Published 1 month ago by C. Jones
This book is a really great read for children who like mysterious adventure books. I love how the characters could almost leap off the page. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dreamzz