Sunday, January 10, 2016

Teen review: A Beloved Fantasy

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
485 pages
Fantasy, for grades 5-9

Reviewed by George S., grade 8

Even after having read this compelling adventure six times, I still enjoy making my way through its beautiful pages. In The Mysterious Benedict Society, an advertisement in a newspaper catches the eyes of various children in Stonetown. It asks for gifted children looking for special opportunities to respond. Of course, many kids show up but only Reynie Muldoon, “Sticky” Washington, Constance Contraire, and Kate Wetherall are chosen after taking a series of complex quizzes. Their task together is to investigate the L.I.V.E. Institute and stop Ledroptha Curtain from brainwashing adults by using their logic, intelligence, force, and stubbornness.

This book sounds like it has a short simple plot, but as the children try to avoid problems, they require remarkable planning to save themselves. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars solely because of this. It is the very basis of the story that moves it along and spices up the plot. With the cunning actions of all the characters, Trenton Lee Stewart makes this one of the very best books I have ever read.

Editor's note: Burbank Public Library also owns the sequels, plus an audio book version.

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