Monday, August 2, 2010

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society
By: Trenton Lee Stewart
512 Pages* (actual story is shorter)
Ages 8-12
4 children are the only ones who pass bizarre tests advertised in the newspaper. All are orphans and all are chosen for a specific reason. Now they must go undercover to find out the secrets that lie in Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. What is going on and can they save the day in time?

My first impression is that this book is meant for the higher range of the ages it's directed to. This story itself is over 400 pages long- a bit long for younger children. While it's a good read, even I was ready to be one half way through the book.

The tests the children take were interesting and fun to read about. Each child uses their own reasoning and methods for accomplishing the tests and it was fun to see how they did it. I have to say I liked the character Constance the least. Like the other 3 children in the book she worked my nerves with her attitude. Reading how they each bring their unique thinking to the table to solve this mystery was my favorite part of the book.

This book is the 1st in a series that is currently 3 books strong. And while it's says 8-12, I think the older kids from that range would get more out of it than the younger ones.

Rating: Borrow From The Library


  1. i've wanted to read this. but yeah, it seems a little daunting for the age group.

  2. I've got to say, I was a little disappointed. It was good, but really long. Give it a try, though. It's really creative! Good luck!

  3. I agree, Jen. It was a bit long winded. There were some really great plot twists, though, especially the surprise at the very end.