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‘The Mysterious Benedict Society‘ written by Trenton Lee Stewart and Illustrated by Carson Ellis may have been printed in 2008, but it is a timeless tale that still delights readers to this day.
- Age Range: 8 – 13 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
What would you do if you were specially chosen to take a series of tests? These aren’t ordinary, usual tests, but the sort which tries to see how clever you are. What if you passed these exams and ended up becoming a spy which uses secret codes and messages? Such is the case with the four main characters of the book “The Mysterious Benedict Society.”
Reynard “Reynie” Muldoon, George “Sticky” Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire pass a series of tests advertised in the newspaper and meet Mr. Benedict, a man trying to stop something known as “The Thing to Come.” Mr. Benedict sends them to The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E.), where they meet Ledroptha Curtain, a man trying to take over the world using subliminal messages through “The Whisperer”, a machine of his own design.
The group finds out that they must obtain the high rank of messenger to get closer to Mr. Curtain. The children carefully spy on Mr. Curtain, finally getting close enough to destroy the machine, but Mr. Curtain escapes. The story ends…….
You didn’t think I was going to give that away, now did you? It’s a great and wonderful read.
About the Author
TRENTON LEE STEWART is author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series; the New York Times bestselling novel The Secret Keepers, also for young readers; and the adult novel Flood Summer. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Something To Do
The kids communicate from L.I.V.E to Mr. Benedict via Morse code, use a walkie talkie, or flashlight. Be sure to have paper and pen handy to write down your message. We had so much fun with this using our walkie talkies across the lake from each other. We have also used flashlights from an upstairs window to communicate with the treehouse.
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