The Mysterious Benedict Society

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In the book, "The Mysterious Benedict Society," by Trenton Lee Stewart, a peculiar advertisement brings children together from all over.

In the book, "The Mysterious Benedict Society," by Trenton Lee Stewart, a peculiar advertisement brings children together from all over. The advertisement asks, "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" A string of mysterious tests must be passed for these special opportunities. Reynie Muldoon, a twelve-year-old orphan, sees the notice in the newspaper and decides to test his skills. Three other children, Kate Weatherall, Sticky Washington, and Constance Contraire, pass the test along with Reynie and meet Mr. Benedict.

 

Mr. Benedict asks the kids to go to the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E.) and stop evil Mr. Curtain from sending messages to peoples' minds. These messages "ride piggyback on signals" and affect people watching television, listening to the radio, or talking on cell phones. People with an unusually powerful love of truth, like Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, don't like television or the radio; therefore the messages don't affect them. But soon Mr. Curtain will find a way to send messages to everyone, without signals, and soon Mr. Curtain will be able to control peoples' minds.

 

Can Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance succeed in stopping Mr. Curtain and save the world from a terrifying future? "The Mysterious Benedict Society" is full of adventure, suspense, and friendship. I would highly recommend this book for ages nine to thirteen.