Max, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by Max)
If for some reason you haven't encountered this book already, you MUST read it now. I mean, only if you like to read young adult page-turners that involve a mystery solved by children in deadly danger. For all of us who were nerds as kids, or tomboys, or just, a bit...contrary, this is the book where us 'other kids' get to be heroes. It also is a phenomenal book to read out loud. My (adult) friend broke his leg badly and was laid up in bed for a month staying with us and we read it before bedtime to him. None of us wanted to go to sleep. Hooray Mysterious Benedict Society!
heath bar, November 30, 2010 (view all comments by heath bar)
To join the Mysterious Benedict Society children have to pass a series of unusual tests after responding to a newspaper add. There are strict rules; if you don’t follow them or cheat, you will be disqualified. The children who are chosen are given a dangerous, but very important mission. It must be completed correctly; the human race depends on it. “You are our last possible hope. You are our only hope.” This shows you how important it is to complete the mission. The Mysterious Benedict Society is suspenseful and surprising; almost every time I thought I knew what would happen next, the characters did the exact opposite. You are sure to love this book if you like mystery, action, suspense, and humor. I know that these things made the book interesting and exciting for me.
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Danielle G, November 27, 2010 (view all comments by Danielle G)
Stewart presents the world through the lens of four very talented and unique children who are more talented and unique than usual. Though strong on kid power, there exists a balance in the adult characters, who are neither too weak nor too strong. Quirky, fun, and serious all at the same time, this book is YA fiction that kids will enjoy, families can read together or adults can indulge in without guilt.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society #01)
Used Trade Paper
Trenton Lee Stewart
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Little Brown and Company -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Stewart's (Flood Summer, for adults) first book for young people begins with a bang. Gifted 11-year-old orphan Reynie Muldoon is sharing the newspaper with his tutor when she excitedly points out an ad: 'Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?' She encourages him to take the series of tests cited in the ad, and the entire process resembles the otherworldly experience of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with puzzles within puzzles and tests within tests — some mental, some ethical, some physical. Ultimately three children pass the first test and go on to the next: Reynie, Sticky (born George) Washington and Kate Wetherall — all of them essentially orphans. A fourth, the 'very, very small' Constance Contraire, joins them later, and Mr. Benedict describes why he has brought them together. Initially, readers — like the four children — may be unsure of what to think about this mysterious gent: Is he hero or villain? Mr. Benedict has recruited them to foil an evil plan, devised by a mysterious 'Sender,' to brainwash the population via secret messages — delivered by children — embedded in television and radio programs. The plot-driven novel follows many adventures among the four, whose unique talents all come into play; readers will likely warm to each of them. A couple of concluding twists involving Kate and Connie may throw readers a bit, but these do not detract from the book's entertainment value or from the author's sound overall structure. Though the book is lengthy, readers will likely enjoy getting lost in this fully imagined realm. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal,
"Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure."
by Horn Book Magazine,
"With its lively style, fresh character portrayals, and well-timed revelations, this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes. Just be sure your flashlight batteries are well charged."
"The characters are well developed, mostly appealing, and evenhanded. Ellis's line drawings add a crowning flair. Do not miss this one. Buy two copies because they will be needed."
by Children's Literature,
"[A] feel-good story with a happy ending for the four orphaned and runaway children who find friendship and family."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Low in physical violence, while being rich in moral and ethical issues, as well as in appealingly complex characters and comedy sly and gross, this Lemony Snicket-style outing sprouts hooks for hearts and minds both..."
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