The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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11 Critic Reviews

I love a story that has me forgetting clocks exist. Of all the juvenile fiction I’ve read, Stewart’s is the only one that kept me up all night reading.
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Synopsis

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive 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. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

 

About Trenton Lee Stewart

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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series as well as Flood Summer, a novel for adults. He lives in Arkansas with his wife and two sons. Carson Ellis received her BFA from the University of Montana and has established a loyal following for her artistic collaborations with the band the Decemberists. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published April 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 477 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Mysterious Benedict Society
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

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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Guardian

Good
on Oct 24 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society is very well written and you can understand it so easily that you almost do not have to ask your parents!

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jul 13 2008

I love a story that has me forgetting clocks exist. Of all the juvenile fiction I’ve read, Stewart’s is the only one that kept me up all night reading.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jun 12 2007

Author Trenton Lee Stewart supplies plenty of intricate plot twists and intelligent dialogue.

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Booklist Online

Above average
on Jan 01 2007

The novel could have been shortened, but Stewart writes with such attention to the intricacies of plot and personality, his story rarely feels slow.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on Mar 01 2007

At nearly 500 pages, THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY would have been a much better book at half the size.

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BlogHer

Above average
on Apr 19 2008

The Mysterious Benedict Society is Mr. Stewart’s first novel for children, and it’s a corker.

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Kidz World

Good
on Dec 11 2008

Brimming with sneaky adventure, this book rolls humor and action into one.

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Teen Ink

Good

I just love the journey the book takes you through and the description of the characters.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

With mysterious riddles and hot pursuits, this book will surely keep you on your knees begging for more!

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Teen Ink

Good

If you are someone who reads between the lines and sees the world as a great mystery, welcome to The Society.

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