The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Trenton Lee Stewart Isn't the cover quite exquisite? It caught my eye several months ago in Barnes and Noble and I finally got to read it!

Basic Story
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are sent on a secret mission to the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened to find out the evil headmaster's secrets.

My thoughts...
This story was brilliant! It was clever and throughout the whole story, I was gasping and found myself saying "ooohh" and "aahh" whenever one of the characters solved a problem. It's a bit lengthy but the pages fly by quickly because it's very engrossing. I really loved Trenton Stewart's writing. It's unique and is like a blend of JK Rowling, Lemony Snicket, Roald Dahl, and Blue Balliet. All the characters (Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance) are lovable and you connect to them quickly. There's comedy, a teaspoon of horror (I admit, some parts were kind of creepy), mystery and sometimes you just feel like giving the characters a big hug after reading about what's happening to them.

I throughly enjoyed this book, but I think I would've enjoyed it more if my health exam wasn't looming over me. While reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking about my exam and felt guilty about not studying. So I have decided to read it again after it's over. Anyways, if you haven't read this book yet, I suggest that you stop what you're doing and get it now! It's really really good. It's really, really really....aah, you get my point.


  1. I LOVE that book Nonie! Read the second one too, and the third one's coming out.

  2. Ooooh....I need to read the second book and the third book when it comes out! It's soo good!

  3. I think I should read the book if you think it is this good. I guess I should also read the second book (which already came out) and the third book then.