Review of: The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Reviewed by: Graham S
“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” In The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart, this is an advertisement that was in the daily newspaper that caught four kids’ attentions: Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance. All these kids pass extremely complicated tests cleverly created by Mr. Benedict. Mr. Benedict is a jolly, small, plump man who is looking for a team of kids to defeat an evil mastermind. The mastermind is telepathically sending secret messages to ordinary people’s minds. The messages make them socially disappear by erasing their minds and personality. Mr. Curtain, the evil mastermind, made a school for highly talented kids; he uses these kids to send the secret messages. So, Mr. Benedict sends Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance to the school. Reynie is a very smart and clever orphan. Sticky’s real name is George, but everyone calls him Sticky because anything he sees or reads “sticks” in his mind. Kate is very tall and athletic; she also wears a bucket around her waist that has any special tools that might come in handy. Constance is a grumpy, annoying, short girl, but by the end of the story she will surprise you. While they are at the school, they are only Students; they need to increase their rank up to Messengers, so they can find out hidden information. Every night the kids are supposed to use Morse Code with their flashlights to communicate with Mr. Benedict. Quickly, Reynie and Sticky are among the few of Mr. Curtain’s favorite students. Kate and Constance are falling back in their schoolwork, so the team decides to cheat, but Sticky gets caught. Surprisingly, Mr. Curtain lets Sticky off the hook, but Mr. Curtain has a feeling that the kids are up to something. The team finds out very interesting and important facts and clues throughout the story. They learn to work together and trust each other. Will they ever defeat Mr. Curtain? Will they ever get out of the wretched school safely?
I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Trenton Lee Stewart did a great job explaining and describing the characters and story. He made it feel like I’m right in the story with them. Another reason I liked this is because of how different the characters are and how they learn to get along and work as a team. They all have certain strengths and weaknesses. They learn that they all have to work together or they won’t accomplish anything.
I would recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society to kids ages 10-14 because younger children wouldn’t understand some of the words. Also, it wasn’t a piece of cake to keep up in what was going in the story. If you are 10-14 this is the perfect book for you to read if you are looking for some action, humor, and fun.