The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart


"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 Review:

Our homeschool book club suggested this one, and because it's a large book a bit daunting for V (her tracking hasn't developed quite enough to be able to read smaller print without fatigue and strain), I grabbed the audiobook from the library.


And so was I!

Filled to the brim with unforgettable characters and fun surprises, Stewart keeps the story tension high without making it uncomfortably suspenseful for kids--and that is a fine line to walk. I'm really impressed with his storytelling, which merges the zany and intelligent into a wonderful story. We'll definitely continue the series.