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The Mysterious Benedict Society Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"Great cast of characters, lots of cool puzzles and mysteries. This book reminded me of some of the better children's books I grew up with, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Phantom Tollbooth."―Rick Riordan
"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
"Real flashlight under the bedclothes material... this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes."―Horn Book
About the Author
Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series as well as Flood Summer, a novel for adults. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Carson Ellis received her BFA from the University of Montana and has established a loyal following for her artistic collaborations with the band the Decemberists. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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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.
These little mystery solvers are clever and daring and have great adventures together. These books are so well written and it's very 'G rated' and appropriate for young readers.
My niece needed all the Mysterious Benedict Society books.
A fun adventure story for kids of all ages.
If you have a a child ( reading ability vs age is individual) who is interested in a mysterious adventure, this is a good choice, and a good choice for a parent or Grandparent to read along and discuss.