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The Mysterious Benedict Society Review

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Catherine Li

on 27 May 2013

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The Mysterious Benedict Society By Trenton Lee Stewart "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" What would you do if you saw that ad in the newspaper? Dozens of children applied... But only four special children would pass the mind-bending set of tests. Reynie Muldoon, a clever leader who thinks logically and likes tea with honey for breakfast... Sticky Washington, the shy spectacled reader with photographic memory, a hidden secret and a bald head... Kate Wetherall, who prefers to be called The Great Kate Weather Machine, an extremely athletic and resourceful circus performer... And Constance Contraire, a tiny girl who enjoys writing rude poetry, sleeping, and eating...and hates everything else. Together they form the Mysterious Benedict Society. They were brought together for a reason: to help the eccentric Mr. Benedict stop the world-wide crisis known as the Emergency. But what if the problem you're trying to stop isn't a real problem? What if it's in everyone's minds? Because the Emergency is really only an illusion... Ledroptha Curtain, who founded the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E.), has been sending odd messages to the public's minds via television and radio waves... But that's not all... Curtain is planning for something bigger, that will happen in the future... But what? It's the Mysterious Benedict Society's job to find out. They must be secret agents posing as students at L.I.V.E. Their mission is dangerous and will impact the world. They have to learn to work together as a team. Conflict builds up though, as the broadcasted messages become more and more frequent, irritating the truth-loving minds of the four children. And what happens when loyalty falters and Mr. Curtain offers rich benefits for joining him? The fate of every single person in the world -whether they know it or not - is resting on the shoulders of four kids. Will the Mysterious Benedict Society defeat Mr. Curtain? Or will it be curtains for everyone? You'll just have to read The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart! Review by Catherine Li A witty read that can be enjoyed by all ages Perfect on a rainy day, by a crackling fireplace, or at midnight with a flashlight under the covers A good blend of adventure, mystery, and humor Studded with plenty of details Realistic characters in an original setting A creative plot with plenty of suspense Some rave reviews from others: "Like the Potter books, his story goes beyond mere adventures, delving into serious issues." -Booklist (starred review) "Resembles the otherworldly experience of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Readers will challenge their own abilities as they work with the Society members to solve clues.... Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure." -School Library Journal (starred review) "Deliciously tasty... [Stewart's] atmospheric storytelling invites a reader to become absorbed in the world he has created." -BCCB (starred review) "Real flashlight-under-the-bedclothes material... this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes." -Horn Book "Rich in moral and ethnical 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." -Kirkus Already read The Mysterious Benedict Society and hungry for more? Read the sequels: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma! Also, read the prequel: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, expected release in 2012! Illustrations by Carson Ellis For more info on the Mysterious Benedict Society, the books, and Stewart, go to http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/mysteriousbenedictsociety/index.html And why exactly is this book so good that you'll never want to put it down? It's... "Grow the lawn and mow the lawn,
always leave the TV on,
brush your teeth to kill the germs,
poisoned apples, poisoned worms."
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