The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoners Dilemma
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

This book came out at the beginning of the month, but instead of reading it right away like I wanted to, I saved it for the read-a-thon.  I read the entire book on Saturday.  I found it to be a good pick for the read-a-thon because it was entertaining, but would have preferred it to be a little shorter.  Of course, I don’t actually want it to be shorter for regular purposes because the more MBS I get, the happier I am.

This is the third book in the series.   It is a series about four extraordinary kids and the adventures they have.  They aren’t magical, they aren’t destined to save the world, and there are no vampires.  No, this series is really about normal kids who happen to be very talented in their own ways (“ordinary kids living extraordinary lives” – anyone?) and strive to develop and protect their relationships most of all.

I enjoyed this book more than the second one, but not as much as the first.  The Society is once again called on to save the day and prevent Mr. Curtain’s diabolical scheme.  In the beginning, the foursome is trapped and bored inside Mr. Benedict’s home.  Then there is a mass blackout and everything changes.  The kids are sent on a chase around Stonetown and must once again escape their greatest enemy.

Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are a little older, but they’re still kids.  There is no boy-girl nonsense yet.  But they do care deeply for each other, their guardians, and Mr. Benedict.  Constance develops a lot in this book, as she should.  The others change in more subtle ways – Reynie sharing responsibility, Kate learning to think before doing, Sticky becoming more confident.

As far as kids lit goes, this is a wonderful series and I highly recommend it.

By the way, “ordinary kids living extraordinary lives” was the tagline to Beverly Hills, 90210.

2 thoughts on “The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

  1. Bina October 26, 2009 / 10:45 am

    Great review! Glad you liked it so much, I can´t wait to read this one but I´m panning to wait fo the paperback cause so it´ll fit in with the other two. Self-torture! 🙂


  2. Vishy October 27, 2009 / 3:12 pm

    Nice review! The ‘MBS’ series looks quite interesting! Will give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


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