The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society

byTrenton Lee StewartIllustratorCarson Ellis

Paperback | April 1, 2008

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For fans of Lemony Snicket and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, this first book in the bestselling, award-winning Mysterious Benedict Society Series is not to be missed!

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children--two boys and two girls--succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive 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. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.
Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.Carson Ellis received her BFA from the University of Montana and has established a loyal following for her artistic collaborations with the band the Decemberists. She lives in Portl...
Title:The Mysterious Benedict SocietyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:512 pages, 7.7 × 5.4 × 1.55 inShipping dimensions:7.7 × 5.4 × 1.55 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316003956

ISBN - 13:9780316003957

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This book should have been at the top of my shelf growing up but I somehow missed it. Entertaining, thrilling, funny, and inspiring... I can't wait to pass it along to my son.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect The perfect combination of humour and suspense. Full of mystery. Just awesome.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gifted book, for those who are fairly intelligent When I first bought the book, I didn't understand most of it as I wasn't smart enough to register all the things that were happening (This book follows the story of gifted kids, which results in unusual events, which some readers won't understand until they mature). But after re-reading several times, I got the hang of it. I LOVE the outline, and it makes you feel very smart as you help the characters solve puzzles along the way. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An adventure full of mystery and fun! Follow the mission of Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance as these super smart children go undercover to save the world in this entertaining novel!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a fun Read This is a great book! My son was reading with for a school project and I decided to read it along with him and I fell in love! Its a cute story with lots of codes and hidden meanings for the reader to decipher. I can not wait to read the rest of them!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great books for kids! This is one of my "go to" books to give to young readers, and it's always well received. I don't have a whole lot more to add to the other glowing reviews. It's a great well written book with an engaging and clever story.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carson Ellis Christmas, Part I Wow... I felt a lot smarter reading this book as an adult than when I read it in middle/high school. This is the third time I've read it, but I'd actually forgotten most of the plot (and its twists) from the first two times 5+ years ago. Also: Nomansan Island! I get it! Ha! Even though this book was meant for kids -- the protagonists are mostly aged 11-12 -- it's still highly enjoyable to read as an adult. The characters feel real, the plot is interesting, and the writing is absolutely fantastic. I found myself "just one more chapter"-ing the whole way through. And yeah, I tagged this as a "made me cry" book... the ending got me, man. I love those kids. My favorite thing about books like this are the tiny, subtle moral* messages, like when someone who is clearly a villain says something like, "The Helpers do the maintenance... and the cleaning, the laundry, the cooking -- all the unimportant tasks, you know." The Executives warn the children (i.e., the good guys) not to speak with the Helpers or acknowledge them in any way, but the children still go out of their way to be polite to the Helpers. It never explicitly says "you should be nice to people in the service industry," but the characters very clearly model which behavior is right and which is wrong. That's a little example, but it's a major plus for me when reading MG & kids' books. *this is not quite the right word, but I can't come up with a better one at the moment I got the box set of this series for Christmas, since I've never read the sequels. I called this year my "Carson Ellis Christmas," as I also got the Wildwood box set, which I've also never read -- but I love Ellis' illustrations so much that I paused at the beginning of each chapter to study them, and I'll probably do the same in the rest of the books. I really have zero complaints about this book! Keeping in mind that it's intended for a slightly younger audience, it's basically the perfect book. I hope the sequels are just as good.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this a while a go so glad i did! I'm excited to next the next book! One of the best books ive ever read.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very intriguing I was so happy a friend recommended this book I love it!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I thought I would be lost with no idea about what was going on within the story or the characters. Man, I'm happy I was wrong on that account.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing adventure Loved this read, ending was wrapped up SO NICELY.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I bought this book, and was excited to find out what happens from the moment I read the first page. Suspenseful and mysterious, The Mysterious Benedict Society is a delight and treat for readers of all kinds.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious Societies This is one of my favourite series! The characters are really charming and the book is overall very well written. I would recommend this for any kid or adult who likes an adventure or a bit of mystery.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mysterious Benedict Society I loved this book. Thrilling. Excellent plot twists. Excellent adventures. Great characters.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good I didn't like the book I got lost in the first few chapters! Not my type of book I recommend the land of stories to children and divergent for tweens and teena
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book One of the best ive read
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book I love this book. The series had me hooked from beginning to end.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mysterious Benedict Societt Great book! If you love books that are full of adventures yet even more puzzles and lessons, then this will probably be your favourite book! always keeps you wanting to read more and should definitely win an award or two!
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mysterious Benedict Society Amazing book! My 10 year old son and I couldn't wait to read every night.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lemony Snicket + Louis Sachar. Remember how I didn't really enjoy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? Well, I would have loved that story more if it had been more like The Mysterious Benedict Society. This book is witty and humorous. It messes with your head until you realize you have completely fallen for this book. If Lemony Snicket and Louis Sachar were chemical compounds then Trenton Lee Stewart's writing is a homogeneous mixture of those two. But, you ask, Stella, what does that mean? It simply means this book is "a substance that is uniform in composition [...and] when dividing the volume in half, the same amount of material is suspended in both halves of the substance." What I am saying is I cannot define this book as a Snicket-esque book nor can I say it is an homage to Sachar because it is neither. It is its own style - The Trenton Lee Stewart style. Components of Snicket and Sachar are blended so well within it that it's no longer separable. Considering Mr. Snicket and Mr. Sachar are two of my favourite authors, it's not a mystery why I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The very best! 9 year old Isaac N. A very exciting book. About 4 kids who join together to save the world. Kids from 8-15 well love this book! The rest is for me to know and YOU to find out.
Date published: 2010-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Istant Classic! This book is a great adventure for all ages. I read it at the age of 11 and really enjoyed it. It was like no other book I had ever read before. Stewart has a great imagination and knows how to make a great book that will stand out. The book had just the right about of adventure and the right about of friendship to make a great book. As a lot of the other reviewers have mentioned, I think it is better suited for ages 8-12 not ages 7-9. Overall a great book for all ages (including adults) !
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new name in adventure classics! Trenton Lee Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society will appeal to adults and children alike. A fantastic novel with important lessons, including truth and loyalty. The main characters, Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance are instantly likeable (except maybe Constance). You really feel like a part of the group and your heart aches for them to succeed. I won't give too many details because I'd hate the give away the plot. It's hard to put this one down. Stewart's imagination is incredible. I think this series will rank among my favorites for a long time. Definitely worth picking up!
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I have been looking for an edge-of-your-seat-type book to read aloud to my 8 year old daughter ever since we finished the Spiderwick Chronicles and Beyond Spiderwick. Well, we started reading this book and we were both hooked. I got so into it, I read ahead after she went to sleep and I couldn't put it down. This is a very creative and entertaining book that is also quite well written. I would agree with other reviewers that 9-12 is a better age range, especially if they are reading it solo. I'm not sure that my 8 year old would be able to read it on her own, but loves hearing it read to her.
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun read! This book was a blast. It's listed here for ages 7-9, but it's probably 8-12. It's a great adventure! Kids shouldn't be daunted by the length of the book - it's a fast-moving, fun story. I'm looking forward to getting hold of the sequel, and to hearing what my kids think once they've read it!
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something new....for a change... I'll have to admit, I'm a picky reader. I simply hate it when books come out the are amazing and right away thirty more wanna-be's follow them up. It happen with all amazing books. So when I picked this book up and saw the ad on the back for gifted children, I put it down again. I mean, who hasn't heard that one before? Well, to tell you the trust, the book kept nagging at me. It was sitting there on the shelf ever time I visited a book store, so finally one day, I bought it. I am so glad I did! Though many say this book is similar to Harry Potter for having a school, I must say that it is very much NOT like HP. No fantasy, nothing. SPOILERS TO FOLLOW: As for the school, or, The Institute, its not actually a real school, but rather, a front for a higher and darker scheme. The four gifted children chosen are sent there to be secret agents by Mr. Benedict. Personally, my favorite was Constance Contraire, one of the most interesting and original characters I have met in a long time. I also loved "The Great Kate Weather Machine", but you should probably meet them for yourself. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Kids LOVED It!" I read this book aloud to my ten and eight year old daughters, and they were gripped! Totally followed the characters, grew to care about them immensely and by the end I was forced into reading two or three (long) chapters in one sitting just to satisfy their curiousity. I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when I tell them that there is going to be a #2!
Date published: 2007-06-30

Editorial Reviews

"Real flashlight under the bedclothes material... this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes."-Horn Book