The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee
Reynard (Reynie) is not like his fellow orphaned pre-teens. He likes to read, doesn’t enjoy television, and is too smart for his age. When a curious flyer advertising “special opportunities for gifted children” shows up in the paper, Reynie jumps on the chance. After a series of testing, Reynie and three others are assigned a strange and dangerous duty with their leader being a narcoleptic genius named Nicholas Benedict. Could things get even more odd?
My Thoughts on The Mysterious Benedict Society
This interesting and curious novel will leave readers questioning in the very best way. The character building was extraordinary, as all of the children and others were clear cut in their personality. Although we knew most everything about their nature, Stewart still succeeded in leaving behind an air of mystery. This balance made reading the rest of the series a no-brainer for me.
I loved the story in this book. It is so unique and original that it is also amazingly simple. Four kids go on a dangerous mission to defeat something they don’t understand with an enemy that is unknown to them. Much is to be discovered in The Mysterious Benedict Society. The oddity of this book may not appeal to some realistic fiction lovers, but this book is a superb mystery or fantasy read. It deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
A memorable part of this book is when Sticky, Reynie, and Kate undergo the testing to become a part of the society. It was so interesting to see the individual tactics that each character would use to complete the tasks. The tests were extremely clever also and created a perfect beginning to this tale.