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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Stewart, Trenton Lee

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
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After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2008, c2007
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 0316003956
9780316003957
Branch Call Number: J FIC S
Characteristics: [506] p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ellis, Carson 1975-

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Dec 17, 2014
  • ally7188 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my very favorite books. I absolutely love this series. It's definitely not just for children, worth reading for anyone!

What a great book!! I love all the puzzles and how everything works out fine. Constance is my favorite character because I find her rhymes (and, admittedly, the children's reactions to her rhymes) really, really funny. She brought 37 pencils when they said to bring 1. What's not to love?

Nov 12, 2014
  • CEBookworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my all time favorite books. And I have read a LOT of books. Specifically, I loved the way Stewart took a predictable, ordinary, cliched idea and turned it into something new, unexpected-it pulls you along. By predictable, I mean, evil genius taking over the world-twin brothers, virtue vs.evil-four children saving the world-yet this is just such an awesome book! I also loved that the children didn't get involved romantically. You don't even wish they would. I mean the idea is ludicrous. So often that's all I read in modern novels-romance, romance, and more romance. He really developed the characters so that they start to mean a lot to you. You see how they grow and change-you see the basis behind their different traits. They're not shallow, but well thought out. Each one's appearance is perfect for their personality. Kate's bucket was awesome. Furthermore, Stewart miraculously wrote 3 more books, all just about as good as the first! I love the prequel! I l

Oct 24, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have mixed feelings about this junior aged novel.

First the plot: It is a twisting plot that is at times hard to describe. Mr. Benedict gathers four genius orphans through special tests. Then he tells them about an evil man who is plotting against the world through the use of broadcasted subliminal messages. He sends the children to an island where the evil man runs a "school." There the children must sneak and plot to get information about the evil plan and how to stop it.

It took me three tries to finish this novel. The first 200 pages are decidedly slow. I kept reading because overall the author's writing was not poor and he seemed to be gearing up for something interesting. Sure enough, once the children get to the island, things started hopping.

There is a lot of problem solving done by the children in this book. At times the answers seem too simple, but this is a children's novel so that is okay. The characters are delightfully memorable. But I believe the characters carry the story much more strongly than the plot itself. These children also go to the island with NO training. I found this unbelievable.

If the author were to cut out about 100 pages from this book, I would find it even more interesting. There are 485 pages to this book. Many children will not read a book that long unless the interest level is very high.

I would recommend this book for serious young readers (those who will read a book this long with no problem). There is also mild violence so I would recommend it for grade 4 and up.

"'Are you a gifted child looking for Special Opportunities?' Dozens of children answer a newspaper ad that asks this question, but only four of them pass the series of unusual tests they are all given. Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Weatherhill, and Constance Contraire are then sent by the mysterious Mr. Benedict to infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Their mission? To save the world, of course! This intriguing adventure (the 1st in a series) is perfect for anyone who enjoys books by J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket, or Blue Balliett." Kids' Books September 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/92276712-a213-4830-9624-521bd48b6675?postId=2ab03d3a-8acd-4faf-a27b-d8e1bac4d525

Aug 29, 2014
  • MadeleineKurtz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a really good book. i would recomend it to anyone who likes adventures and mysteries

Jul 21, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

pretty awsome book

Jul 20, 2014
  • adam2005 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!

Jul 15, 2014
  • indigo_dolphin_229 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book so much. I love the way author writes and that Reynie is the main character but you don't really pay to much attention to it. The part where Constance resists the Whisperer is my favorite part because she is so young but is so much more stubborn than the rest.

Jul 09, 2014
  • soccergirl8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i loved this book!!! it was really clever with all the puzzles and very funny. i also liked the suspense and twists that the author added in.

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Jul 20, 2014
  • adam2005 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • blue_falcon_215 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

blue_falcon_215 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

yellow_lion_158 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 14

Jun 07, 2014
  • alperkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

alperkins thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 04, 2014
  • Reading_Robot rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reading_Robot thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12

Jun 02, 2014
  • violet_bear_140 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

violet_bear_140 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 18

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"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?

Jul 09, 2014
  • soccergirl8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After 4 kids pass some nearly-impossible tests, they must go on a mission to stop Mr. Curtain and his Whisperer before he takes over the world.

Jun 07, 2014
  • alperkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When four kids take an unusual puzzle-and pass- they find themselves working alongside a brilliant man named Mr. Benedict, who is determined to save the world from an evil Sender. The children are put into the middle of the danger when they have to go into the very lair of the Sender himself. The outcome is sketchy, and the danger very real. Only by their quick wits and amazing talents do they overcome the enemy, at least for the moment.

Jun 04, 2014
  • Reading_Robot rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Probably one of the best books I have ever read. Its sense of mystery made me want to keep reading forever. Anyways, it's about a group of children who all pass a series of tests set up by Mr.Benedict, who is looking for a group of children to help him defeat Mr. Curtain, the leader of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, and Mr. Benedict's twin brother. To do this, the children- Kate, an energetic girl, Reynie, an excellent leader, Sticky, a walking dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus and calculator, and Constance, a stubborn 3-year old toddler whose gifts prove to be the most important, have to go to LIVE themselves to find out more about Mr. Curtain' plots. If I said any more, I would ruin the story, so- i guess- that's all!

A group of child prodigies working together to defeat a madman who seeks to become the master of the world. Who wouldn't like to start reading!?

When I first saw this book the cover of the book made me think okay, this book might be a little strange and spooky. Was I wrong! This is now one of my favorite books! This is book is full of morally uplifting, well, goodness. A wonderful mystery adventure with plenty of cleverness and humor. I nice clean plot with no lurking evil. There is absolutely no foul or crude language. I've ended up reading this book time and time again(and have now added it to my personal collection!) it's just the type that doesn't get old! This book is good for all ages if you just want to put your nose in a good fast-paced, well developed novel. Younger audiences may become confused as this book has an advanced vocabulary.

Now, finally, my summary:
This book takes place in a city called Stonetown. There, a young orphan named Reynie takes a series of tests when he sees a strange add offering "special opportunities".
He soon meets up with two other kids: one named Sticky, and the other named Kate. They together take another test and meet a girl named Constance. Once they finish they meet Mr. Benedict, a kindly middle aged man with narcolepsy. soon after they intercept a radio broadcast. And before they know it they are on a top secret missions facing one of the world's most brilliant geniuses and mad men! Together they develop their talents and mak life wrong friendships. As they struggle together to save the worldm time is running out! Will they save the world and maybe even more importantly save their friendship? Find out and read the mysterious benedict society by Trenton lee Stewart. Check quotes for a poem from one of this trilogy- I think it's hilarious!

Jun 30, 2013
  • Blue_Panda_76 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is about 4 kids (It's mostly about the kids. There's adults in it too, but it mainly focuses on the children). All of them are accepted after taking puzzling test, that seem much harder than they really are. After being assembled, all of them infiltrate L.I.V.E., a place of evil, to learn of missing agents' whereabouts, to find out what sends out the secret messages, and who's behind all these sinister plots!

a book full of suspence, mind boggling, and wit this is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are 9-12 and looking for a book filled with mind boggling suspense and chalenges to get your brain pumping then the Mysterious Benedict Society is for you! In this great book four gifted children go through numerous tests to proove their skills. After they passed they must go on a dangerous and crazy mission to save the world. Will they make it with their new friendship at stake? Read the book to find out!

Aug 10, 2012
  • kenzb97 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was only a peculiar ad in a simple newspaper. Nothing more, nothing less. But for a few hand-picked children, this article was the beginning a series of mind-bending tests and mysterious adventures that would erratically change their lives.
Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as they begin to unravel the most difficult mystery they've ever encountered. Their lives, and possibly the fate of the whole world, rest in these children's hands.
And who says that children can't save the world?
Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance. Out of dozens of very capable children, these four were the ones selected for the special mission of the wise, mysterious Mr. Benedict. The genius had his reasons for picking the children, their amazing IQ, their extreme stubbornness, their logical thinking, and their thirst for adventure. But each child all had one thing in common, and that was the main reason Mr. Benedict brought these four children together.
A common ground that made their mission seem all the more dangerous.
So, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have a choice. Do they accept this dangerous mission, with unforeseen woe and forlorn trials? Or do they go back to the lives they had known and become the simple children they once were?
And if some of them do accept, will they be able to withstand the trials before them as secret agents?

Feb 23, 2012
  • MissJen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Are you a Gifted Child looking for Special Opportunities?” The ad catches the eye of Reynie Muldoon, an orphan who doesn’t fit in at his orphanage one bit thanks to his advanced intellect. To receive his Special Opportunity, Reynie discovers he must take several tests, each more puzzling than the last. During the course of his testing, Reynie meets several other gifted children with unique talents, but it is only when the final group of four has been selected that Reynie discovers what the Special Opportunity is: a chance to save the world. Mr. Benedict has uncovered a plot to brainwash the world using secret messages sent through television and radio waves and only these four gifted children, the Mysterious Benedict Society, have the power to infiltrate the island stronghold of the evil mastermind behind the plot. To save the day, the Society will need all their talents, but more importantly they must learn to work together – and time is running out.

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Jul 31, 2014
  • jlowrey1969 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"It sounds like there are no rules here at all," Sticky said.
"That's true George," said Jillson."Virtually none, in fact. You can Wear whatever you want, just so long as you have on trousers, shoes, and a shirt. You can bathe as often as you like or not at all, provided you're clean every day in class. You can eat whatever and whenever you want, so long as it's during meal hours in the cafeteria. You're allowed to keep the lights on in your rooms as late as you wish until ten o'clock each night. And you can go wherever you want around the Institute,so long as you keep to the paths and the yellow-tiled corridors."

Jul 21, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

amazing

Jul 09, 2014
  • soccergirl8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'''If any child is caught cheating, then he or she will be executed ----'' The children gasped. ''I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant to say escorted. Any child caught cheating will be escorted from the building at once."'

Jul 19, 2013
  • green_turtle_775 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Reynie and Sticky looked at each other in awe. Who was this girl?"

control is the key
-leodroptha curtain

'' There will be no talking! '' boomed the pencil woman, who entered just then, slamming the door behind her. She strode briskly to the front of the room, carrying a tall stack of papers and a jar of pickles. ''If any child is caught cheating, then he or she will be executed ----''

The children gasped.

''I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant to say escorted. Any child caught cheating will be escorted from the building at once.

Feb 07, 2011
  • bluebelle11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

They also knew they must act now or never. 'Tomorrow then,' Sticky said.

Feb 07, 2011
  • bluebelle11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reynie did stumble against something which - if seen from a distance and not stared at directly - might resemble a plan.

Feb 07, 2011
  • bluebelle11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

...and another [question] that required calculating how much time must pass before two speeding trains collided. (This last question Reynie answered with a thoughtful frown, noting in the margin that since the two trains were approaching each other on an empty stretch of track, it was likely the engineers would recognize the impending disaster and apply their brakes, thus avoiding the collision altogether.)

Jan 20, 2011
  • bluebelle11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One musn't wear striped pants with a checkered shirt, Reynie. In fact, I believe those must belong to a roommate - they're at least a size too big. Also, it appears that one of your socks is blue and the other purple.

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