Reviewed by: Rachel

“You must work longimageer to have time to relax.” Wait, what?  I don’t know about you, but that makes absolutely no sense to me. I just recently finished The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and phrases like that are all over the place, but why? I can’t tell you why, I can tell you how. Four children named Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance, also known as the Mysterious Benedict Society, are chosen to go on a mission to save our endangered world. These four children each have their own special abilities, for instance Sticky is a child prodigy who remembers everything that he reads and Reynie is a wiz-kid who was born a leader. Kate, now she is special, Kate Weatherall has a bucket that she carries everywhere and inside her bucket she as many unusual things. Also, there is another character who is as stubborn as they get, her name is Constance Contraire. In order to stop the evil master-mind, Mr. Curtain, behind these plans, they have to enroll in his Institute.  The four children slowly gather useful information about how to defeat him.  As they quickly run out of time, will they be able to stop this wicked genius before it is too late and will they make it out of the Institute alive?

I really enjoyed reading The Mysterious Benedict Society.  It is an exciting novel with lots of action and full of description and information. Once you start it you never want to stop! At the beginning it has a slow start, but don’t worry.  After that it is action packed and you will be very tempted to turn to the last page to make sure everyone is alive. The book is like no other book you will ever read. It has story-line that will blow your mind with all of its’ adventures and mysteries.

I would definitely recommend this book because it is the most creative and unique book that I have ever read. I’m sure you have never even thought of some of the inventions in this novel. Also, has hilarious characters. Kate Weatherall is by far the funniest character in the whole book, she always has her bucket and the way she uses it is hilarious! I would say that age 10 and up would be appropriate, for there is some confusing content that younger children might not be able to comprehend.  This book will leave you wanting more and it will surprise you with every new piece of information.