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|The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey||The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma||The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages||The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict||Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious||The Secret Keepers|
|"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Then read TRENTON LEE STEWART!||The Mysterious Benedict Society Book 2: The search is on—for Mr. Benedict!||The Mysterious Benedict Society Book 3: Will the four friends be torn apart?||The Mysterious Benedict Society Book 4: A new Society member—and a new threat!||The Mysterious Benedict Society Prequel: Before the Society there was a boy named Nicholas Benedict||The Mysterious Benedict Society Puzzle Book: Test your wits to see if you have what it takes to join the Society!||Standalone Novel: Join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask yourself: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?|
"Real flashlight under the bedclothes material... this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes."Horn Book
"Begins with a bang... resembles the otherwordly experience of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure."School Library Journal, starred review
"Tackles personal concerns: abandonment, family, loyalty, and facing one's fears."Booklist, starred review
"Dashes of mild humor and introspection rest on a solid base of suspense, mystery, and well-rounded characters, making this a satisfying dish for readers of varying tastes."The Bulletin, starred review
"Do not miss this one. Buy two copies because they will be needed."VOYA
From School Library Journal
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- ASIN : B000SEHIB2
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2008)
- Publication date : April 1, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 64857 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 497 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Well...I liked a couple of the main characters, Reynie and Kate. Sticky and Constance were less fun, but still interesting. Four kids who are on their own for one reason or another, but are each resourceful and creative in different ways. They all pass a very unique test and end up as secret agents for the good guy--Mr. Benedict--who is trying to stop the bad guy, Mr. Curtain, from basically taking over the world. To accomplish this, the wise Mr. Benedict sends the four vulnerable children to the grim island school where Mr. Curtain lives, works, and attempts to brainwash the world. A majority of the book took place while the kids were trapped on the island.
Guys, it was bleak. So bleak and depressing that I literally stopped reading the book 75% of the way through and put it down for about 2 years. Not only was it bleak on the island, but not a lot that was interesting happened, either. I finally came back to the book only because I hate to leave books unfinished and I wondered if the book found happiness in the end. Poor, sad book. Eventually, things worked themselves out, and you can tell that Stewart is actually a very talented writer who genuinely tried to insert humor into the book, but it just didn't work for me. The Series of Unfortunate Events books are depressing, yet still somehow funny, perhaps because they're more over-the-top than the Benedict Society books. This book was kind of like 1984 on an island, at a school, for young adults. Very dystopian and grim. My advice? Read The Clockwork Sparrow instead, an utterly delightful and actually mysterious YA lit book that I've also just finished recently. One of the better ones I've read in awhile :).
A fun adventure story for kids of all ages.
I completed this book in two summer afternoons while stuck at home sick. And I didn't want to put it down. The characters are rich and the action is a fun romp through dangerous waters. It's really important to remember for whom this book was written -- instead of the knee-jerk adult analyses (too long, disappointing ending, blah blah blah) this book speaks beautifully well to 'tweens and their hopes and fears about fitting in, being "normal", being nerdy, the possibility of being a hero, etc. Do you REMEMBER what this stage of life felt like sometimes??! The author has masterfully spoken to the 9 - 12 year old reader: You are smart, you have unique talents and gifts, you CAN change the world, AND family are the folks who love and stick with you (blood relations or not).
Is the book perfect? Nope. Is the book a great read? Yup. Is the book written for a 40+-year-old bibliophile teacher? Of course not, but I love the book and so does my son.
I hope the author knows what an impressive job he did writing to his intended audience.
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The language is quirky and unique in style but easy to read aloud and follow. The tale itself unfolds at a perfect pace and balances action with plenty of human content which helps builds the characters and scenery beautifully. The details of the surroundings, thoughts and emotions of the characters and their growing relationships are never cut short to make way for clever puns or flashy action. This depth of plot and character helps it stand out from many children's books that seem to rely on cheap toilet humour gags or obvious puns to keep the reader entertained. I like a funny kid's book as much as the next person, but very ready for a break and something that felt exciting but also a little more "grown up" for my nine year old.
This has all the excitement and nostalgia of a Willard Price (remembered with rose tinted glasses of childhood) and teamwork of an Enid Blyton brought up to date. By the end of the tale I had already ordered the next in the series and happy to say that is it equally as exciting.