Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The  Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart was chosen as our summer read aloud. Eleven year old, Reynie Muldoon, responds to an advertisement to recruit gifted children for special opportunities. After a series of test, he and three other children Kate, Constance, and Sticky are chosen to become part of a special team called The Mysterious Benedict Society. They are trained by Mr. Benedict and their mission is to become spies inside of The Learning Institute of the Very Enlightened, run by Mr. Curtain. Mr. Curtain is developing technology to brainwash society so he may take over the world. The Mysterious Benedict Society must find a way to divert Mr. Curtains plans.

We give this book a big thumbs up, however at 485 pages it took us all summer to complete. There are 4 books in this series each similar in length. The author has a great imagination, and this series reminds me somewhat of The Harry Potter books.  I was reading this aloud to my 7 year old but the book is more geared to 5th - 8th graders.

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