The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2008
Edition: 1st eBook ed
ISBN: 9780316032117
0316032115
Additional Contributors: Ellis, Carson 1975-
Call Number: eBook

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"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Dozens of kids respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. But where does this opportunity lead? AR Level 6.1; Lexile 890

John might enjoy reading about the adventures of this group as they solve puzzles and overcome challenges.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 05, 2019

The Mysterious Benedict Society is as mysterious as it sounds. But I still managed to get some information about the plot, the characters and the author of the book. This I will tell you during the review. The Mysterious Benedict Society was written by Trenton Lee Stewart and published in 2007. The book is very famous - Goodreads has 110000 ratings and 10000 reviews! Trenton Lee Stewart was born in 1970, May 28 in USA. But let's get into the plot! A newspaper posted a curious advertisement - someone was looking for gifted children. Those kids would have to write a test to get qualified. Reynold Munrold, an orphan, decides to go ahead and give himself a try. Apparently, he passed them all despite tough competition. Along with him, 2 more girls and 1 boy passed the tests - Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire and George "Sticky" Washington. They all have extraordinary minds. Reynold is good at solving problems, Sticky has a sticky and an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects, Kate is good at surviving and has practical knowledge, and Constance... Well, it is hard to explain. You will understand later in the book why she is considered so gifted. All of the kids are united with a mission to save the world against Ledroptha Curtain, a great scientist and the principal of The Learning Institute of the Very Enlightened. That is where he constructs his mind-blowing machines that erase your memory. The kids must go to the Institute undercover and with fake documents. They will become spies for Mr. Benedict while he discovers a surprising thing about Ledroptha Curtain. Which one, I will not tell you, since it is up to you to find out that. The book had some pretty good plot twists up its sleeve that made me gasp with shock. It is not very hard to read, since there are no difficult or controversial topics there. Though it is thick - 484 pages, I read it in a few days without much effort. 4/5 Stars. @readermariacom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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navy_dolphin_421
Nov 05, 2019

Great book, cleverly crafted! I really enjoyed reading this book, and fans of "Wildwood", or mystery, fantasy, or adventure books would love this!

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HYOJINCHOI77
Sep 17, 2019

AR Quiz No. 113801 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 5.6 - AR Pts: 18.0

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Golsam66
Jul 24, 2019

this book kind of reminds me of harry potter which is magical really good book recommended.

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Bellabook
Jul 09, 2019

I thought this book was one of the best books I’ve ever read!!! The characters were so interesting and complex. I also loved how they were so diverse. The storyline was amazing I loved the institute and how they got away. When I read this book it was never dull it was always interesting! Trenton lee Stewart got me reading this book all night! Definitely recommend this series!!!!!!

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anne1212li
Jun 17, 2019

Very nicely done. Well written and fun to read. I enjoyed that the readers could try to solve the puzzles at the same time as the characters. All the protagonists made it very exciting to read. I do wish that there were more character view changes, instead of having it mostly Reynie's. My friend recommended this book to me, and I finished it within a day.

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nolanarcher
Jun 02, 2019

I loved this book and wanted to disagree with an earlier comment. While I do advocate for gender equality, I don't think this book 'pretends to be feminist'. The four children are all unique and I thought the author did an excellent job of developing insightful and admirable qualities for all of them. The adult women in the book are all fantastic in a variety of ways and not props for men. If you think about the Bechdel test for example, this book would do just fine. Even though this book has complex elements that are not spoon-fed to the reader - the ominous Emergency is introduced but not explained for quite awhile - my young children (6 & 8) were not put off; they were enraptured.
The 'short' character is not to be diminished either. In life children (and adults) will meet others that they do not readily relate to or appreciate. This story unpreachily encourages us all to persevere in accepting them and looking all the more for the treasures within that may be a little more obscured.
With all the other 5 star reviews I'm sure others go into explanations of the creative and engaging writing and compelling plot, but I just wanted to throw some support behind the author's depictions of women.

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Azaria_Renee
May 10, 2019

I thought I liked this book until I read the comment by SusanJ_124. That's when I realized I totally agree and this book could definitely be better, but it was so suspenseful and fascinating that I could not put it down until the end. It's still pretty good.

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irishdancer11
Mar 04, 2019

AMAZING book! The other books in this series were not as good but were still AMAZING!

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ktandtdevine
Feb 14, 2019

I read this as an adult to make sure that it was appropriate for my children. It is a captivating story that kept my attention and I highly recommend it. The vocabulary was fabulous and the storyline displayed the value of friendship. There was some slight violence (tranquilizer guns and tying up with rope, etc.) but otherwise nothing really inappropriate. All violence was part of the storyline and necessary.

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slin_8
Jun 25, 2015

Reynie Muldoon, a kid at the local orphanage, decides to take these peculiar tests when an ad in the newspaper attracts his attention. He meets three other friends along the way, and they are sent on a mission to stop Mr. Curtain, after they learn that he is sending people messages via television or radio signals. The four friends, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance go to the Learning Instutite for the Very Enlightened (LIVE) to act as secert agents and stop Mr. Curtain from boosting the power of the messages with his Whisperer. Reynie and Sticky soon rise up to Messenger status and are able to send these messages. But will they stop Mr. Curtain or are they too late?

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Poe26
May 31, 2015

At the beginning, Reynie Muldoon is a lonely orphan who's only friend is his tutor, Miss Perumal. Though he is exeptionnaly smart, Reynie is teased and mocked by the other boys. So, when one morning, as Reynie and Miss Perumal are readind the paper as they usually do, they spot an add reading " Are yo a child looking for special opportunities?" And it is at this instant that Miss Perumal insists upon him taking the test. Once Reynie gets there, one of the questions is " Are you brave?" And this is where the adventure begins...

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joycemas
Jul 15, 2014

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?

alperkins Jun 07, 2014

When four kids take an unusual puzzle-and pass- they find themselves working alongside a brilliant man named Mr. Benedict, who is determined to save the world from an evil Sender. The children are put into the middle of the danger when they have to go into the very lair of the Sender himself. The outcome is sketchy, and the danger very real. Only by their quick wits and amazing talents do they overcome the enemy, at least for the moment.

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Reading_Robot
Jun 04, 2014

Probably one of the best books I have ever read. Its sense of mystery made me want to keep reading forever. Anyways, it's about a group of children who all pass a series of tests set up by Mr.Benedict, who is looking for a group of children to help him defeat Mr. Curtain, the leader of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, and Mr. Benedict's twin brother. To do this, the children- Kate, an energetic girl, Reynie, an excellent leader, Sticky, a walking dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus and calculator, and Constance, a stubborn 3-year old toddler whose gifts prove to be the most important, have to go to LIVE themselves to find out more about Mr. Curtain' plots. If I said any more, I would ruin the story, so- i guess- that's all!

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Curtisgirls04
Oct 23, 2013

A group of child prodigies working together to defeat a madman who seeks to become the master of the world. Who wouldn't like to start reading!?

When I first saw this book the cover of the book made me think okay, this book might be a little strange and spooky. Was I wrong! This is now one of my favorite books! This is book is full of morally uplifting, well, goodness. A wonderful mystery adventure with plenty of cleverness and humor. I nice clean plot with no lurking evil. There is absolutely no foul or crude language. I've ended up reading this book time and time again(and have now added it to my personal collection!) it's just the type that doesn't get old! This book is good for all ages if you just want to put your nose in a good fast-paced, well developed novel. Younger audiences may become confused as this book has an advanced vocabulary.

Now, finally, my summary:
This book takes place in a city called Stonetown. There, a young orphan named Reynie takes a series of tests when he sees a strange add offering "special opportunities".
He soon meets up with two other kids: one named Sticky, and the other named Kate. They together take another test and meet a girl named Constance. Once they finish they meet Mr. Benedict, a kindly middle aged man with narcolepsy. soon after they intercept a radio broadcast. And before they know it they are on a top secret missions facing one of the world's most brilliant geniuses and mad men! Together they develop their talents and mak life wrong friendships. As they struggle together to save the worldm time is running out! Will they save the world and maybe even more importantly save their friendship? Find out and read the mysterious benedict society by Trenton lee Stewart. Check quotes for a poem from one of this trilogy- I think it's hilarious!

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Blue_Panda_76
Jun 30, 2013

The Mysterious Benedict Society is about 4 kids (It's mostly about the kids. There's adults in it too, but it mainly focuses on the children). All of them are accepted after taking puzzling test, that seem much harder than they really are. After being assembled, all of them infiltrate L.I.V.E., a place of evil, to learn of missing agents' whereabouts, to find out what sends out the secret messages, and who's behind all these sinister plots!

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cenchen
Jun 18, 2013

a book full of suspence, mind boggling, and wit this is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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awesome17
Feb 07, 2013

If you are 9-12 and looking for a book filled with mind boggling suspense and chalenges to get your brain pumping then the Mysterious Benedict Society is for you! In this great book four gifted children go through numerous tests to proove their skills. After they passed they must go on a dangerous and crazy mission to save the world. Will they make it with their new friendship at stake? Read the book to find out!

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kenzb97
Aug 10, 2012

It was only a peculiar ad in a simple newspaper. Nothing more, nothing less. But for a few hand-picked children, this article was the beginning a series of mind-bending tests and mysterious adventures that would erratically change their lives.
Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as they begin to unravel the most difficult mystery they've ever encountered. Their lives, and possibly the fate of the whole world, rest in these children's hands.
And who says that children can't save the world?
Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance. Out of dozens of very capable children, these four were the ones selected for the special mission of the wise, mysterious Mr. Benedict. The genius had his reasons for picking the children, their amazing IQ, their extreme stubbornness, their logical thinking, and their thirst for adventure. But each child all had one thing in common, and that was the main reason Mr. Benedict brought these four children together.
A common ground that made their mission seem all the more dangerous.
So, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have a choice. Do they accept this dangerous mission, with unforeseen woe and forlorn trials? Or do they go back to the lives they had known and become the simple children they once were?
And if some of them do accept, will they be able to withstand the trials before them as secret agents?

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slin_8
Jun 25, 2015

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”
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jlowrey1969
Jul 31, 2014

"It sounds like there are no rules here at all," Sticky said.
"That's true George," said Jillson."Virtually none, in fact. You can Wear whatever you want, just so long as you have on trousers, shoes, and a shirt. You can bathe as often as you like or not at all, provided you're clean every day in class. You can eat whatever and whenever you want, so long as it's during meal hours in the cafeteria. You're allowed to keep the lights on in your rooms as late as you wish until ten o'clock each night. And you can go wherever you want around the Institute,so long as you keep to the paths and the yellow-tiled corridors."

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Man123
Jul 21, 2014

amazing

green_turtle_775 Jul 19, 2013

"Reynie and Sticky looked at each other in awe. Who was this girl?"

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cenchen
Jun 18, 2013

control is the key
-leodroptha curtain

soccergirl8 Jul 18, 2012

'''If any child is caught cheating, then he or she will be executed ----'' The children gasped. ''I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant to say escorted. Any child caught cheating will be escorted from the building at once."'

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blsh
May 15, 2011

'' There will be no talking! '' boomed the pencil woman, who entered just then, slamming the door behind her. She strode briskly to the front of the room, carrying a tall stack of papers and a jar of pickles. ''If any child is caught cheating, then he or she will be executed ----''

The children gasped.

''I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant to say escorted. Any child caught cheating will be escorted from the building at once.

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bluebelle11
Feb 07, 2011

They also knew they must act now or never. 'Tomorrow then,' Sticky said.

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bluebelle11
Feb 07, 2011

Reynie did stumble against something which - if seen from a distance and not stared at directly - might resemble a plan.

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bluebelle11
Feb 07, 2011

...and another [question] that required calculating how much time must pass before two speeding trains collided. (This last question Reynie answered with a thoughtful frown, noting in the margin that since the two trains were approaching each other on an empty stretch of track, it was likely the engineers would recognize the impending disaster and apply their brakes, thus avoiding the collision altogether.)

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