Hello book loving friends! I have another book for you! The Mysterious Benedict Society is the first book in a three book series by Trenton Lee Stewart. Technically it’s a children’s book, but don’t let it fool you into thinking it’s only for middle schoolers. In this story, the kind narcoleptic genius Mr. Benedict brings together four special children through a series of tests. Why? Because there is evil afoot! Mr. Benedict has discovered that strange messages are being sent through radio and television waves, causing people to believe that things are worse than they are (collectively called “the Emergency”). He is surprised to learn that the messages are in children’s voices. Each signal comes from an institute on an island in Stonetown’s bay. Our young heroes are the puzzle solving Reynie Muldoon, the brave and athletic Kate Wetherall, the recollection collection of facts Sticky (George) Washington, and the always stubborn and very tiny Constance Contraire. The spy team is sent to the mystifying Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, a school created and run by the mysterious Mr. Curtain and his machine (ominously called “the Whisperer”). There is a lot more to the story and there are more than a few surprises. If you’re looking for a fun read, good character development, and some surprisingly difficult puzzles (at least they were for me) I would highly recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society. Don’t forget to also check out The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoners Dilemma, and Stewart’s latest,The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
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