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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Hi, everyone! This weeks post is for Trenton Lee Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society. I came across one of these three books last week, when I saw my friend carrying one around (as we book worms do when we find a good book :) ). I hadn't seen the first one since I was in 5th grade (I'm in 8th grade now) when Ms. White introduced us to them. I was so happy to see that she was reading them.

Meet the remarkable intelligent Reynie (Reynard) Muldoon, an "average" eleven-year-old boy with average features, who lives in the Stonetown orphanage.  In fact, he is so intelligent that he needs a special tutor to teach him at the ophanage. One day while reading the paper, he comes across a newspaper add calling all children with special abilities to take a written test to asses their logic and bravery. Reynie moves on to the next level, along with George "Sticky" Washington (on account of his photographic memory), Kate Weatherall, an agile and resourceful girl, and Constance Contraire, a rather rude and tiny individual. On their last test (which, of course, all four pass), they are brought to Mr. Benedict's house by one of his assistants, "The Pencil-like Woman", later known as Number Two (this is also when you meet Rhonda, Mr. Benedict's other assistant). Mr. Benedict, a genial (vocab word!) fellow with a green plaid suit and the condition of narcolepsy, gives them a secret mission to complete. The children are to act as his spies at Mr. Curtain's Institute (aka The institute) and become one of his privileged students in order to get as much information as possible. They are to communicate through morse code by flashing a flashlight out the window if their bedroom. His main goal is to destroy a machine called the Whisperer, that can affect peoples' memory, ability to think, and even their thoughts - a tool that should not at the disposal of someone like Mr. Curtain.

This is an adventurous, intellectual, and overall phenomenal tale, as all three in the series are. Even though it's mainly action/adventure, there's tons of puzzles to solve, so it keeps you engaged through the whole book.

This is really one of my favorites, I highly recommend them! Stay tuned for more great reads :) 

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