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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Review by: Cyndi Paxton Johnson

The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

ISBN 13:978-0-316-05777-6

Reminds me of:
Harry Potter series Charlie Bone series Spiderwick series

“Are you a gifted child, looking for special opportunities?” When this ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. But only four very special children will succeed and begin a very secret mission at the Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

This book grabbed my attention immediately, and soon ensnared my 10 year old daughter, as well. The characters are delightful, the suspense builds without graphic violence, and the plot continued to surprise me throughout the book. The four main characters, two boys and two girls, are smart and gifted in very different ways, and therefore respond differently to the various situations. I enjoyed the demonstration that there are many ways to be smart.

A delightful read, I highly recommend this book!

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