Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
My favorite part of this book is the beginning, with the tests to get into the Mysterious Benedict Society, and meeting the characters and learning their strengths. The characters make a good team because they all have different strengths that compliment each other, although all that stubborn Constance is good at is writing insulting poems.
Series: The Mysterious Benedict Society, Book 1
Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction
“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? Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.
My favorite part of this book is the beginning, with the tests to get into the Mysterious Benedict Society, and meeting the characters and learning their strengths. The characters make a good team because they all have different strengths that complement each other, although all that stubborn Constance is good at is writing insulting poems.
I like how this book includes such a wide range of character personalities. There is an adventurous girl named Kate (my namesake), a studious boy called Sticky, a puzzle solver named Reynie, and a sleepy, snobby complainer with no manners at all named Constance. What I didn’t really like about these characters was how Constance was such a snob and didn’t play a very big part until the end.
Unrealted to the story, but I wish they had a Morse code key at the back of the book. This would come in handy during the middle and end of the book.
The Mysterious Benedict Society would interest fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket because it has a similar writing style.