Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Mysterious Benedict Society

By: Trenton Lee Stewart

Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance for the Mysterious Benedict Society after passing a number of difficult tests and meeting Mr. Benedict. Mr. Benedict has discovered that the supposedly good Mr. Curtain is using the students at his "Institute" to plant secret messages that will allow him to control the world. Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance were chosen because of their unique and genius abilities. They enter the Institute as spies to figure out how and when Mr. Curtain plans to begin his takeover. Once inside the institute, the four children face numerous challenges. But, they realize they must succeed - or the world will be lost!

Mrs. Senechal says:
Wow! This is a deep-thinking book. The four main characters are all very smart in their own ways, and they use their different talents to help solve the many problems throughout the book. I love how suspenseful the story is - there were many times I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. While this is a long, more challenging book, it is definitely worth the extra effort!

P.S. I just read the second book, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first! Now, I need to read the third one...

P.P.S. I loved the third book, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma. I'm only sad because the ending seemed to really wrap things up for the four friends - does that mean it was the last in the series?