2009: 15. The Mysterious Benedict Society

“In a city called Stonetown, near a port called Stonetown Harbor, a boy named Reynie Muldoon was preparing to take an important test.”

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart 

This is a reasonably cute children’s book.  It tells the story of four children who pass a series of challenging tests and become members of the mysterious Benedict society - and then embark on an adventure to help save the world from evil!  Totally fun, right? What I liked about it was that the main characters were all brainy (and in different ways!) and I love books that reward kids (especially girls!) for their smarts as opposed to their looks, etc.  And there is no romantic element to the story - just adventure and the girls were as important to the plot as the boys, and so I think it would be a really great book to recommend to young readers  - the characters are fun and distinct and good role models without being drips.  What I didn’t like was that it felt like a melange of a number of other children’s books (and particularly felt indebted to Lemony Snicket’s books).  But that is something that would bother an adult reader more than a child, so I would totally recommend this to the young readers in your life (but not, maybe, to the grownups who sometimes like to read kids’ books).

Date/Place Completed: February 2009; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Young Adult

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017