Today I’m going to recommend to you one of my favorite books. When I was in fifth grade this was my favorite book. Since then I’ve read a LOT of books, and therefore made new favorites (the Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson), so it isn’t in that position anymore, but I still love it.
The Mysterious Benedict Society is about four kids that, after going through a bunch of tests, are chosen by a man named Mr Benedict to go on a secret mission to a school that definitely contains more than meets the eye. Each child is smart, resourceful, and (at times) funny, so the book is lots of fun to read. Reynie, the main character, is a twelve-year-old who is great at solving puzzles. He loves books, and was eager to leave the orphanage where he had often been teased. Kate, another twelve-year-old, left the circus where she had lived since her father disappeared to contribute her resourcefulness and gymnastic ability to the team. She always carries a red bucket filled with rope, a slingshot, marbles, and other things that could come in handy. Sticky has a perfect photographic memory, and decides to join the society after running away from his parents. Constance, well, she’s definitely creative, but no one really knows why Mr Benedict chose her for the team.
The story is fun, and it has something many books don’t: strategy behind it. The kids are smart, and so is their story. From morse code messages to chess to giant mazes, the book is full of components that add thinking to the fun plot. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4.0 stars
This book is for ages: 7+ (it’s more enjoyable for older kids, though!)
If you like this book, you might like: The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall, Wildwood, by
Colin Meloy, Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, and The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass
If you like books about smart kids who go on big adventures to uncover some crimeor mystery, than this book is one I can almost guarantee you will enjoy. I loved it, and the sequels (and prequel about young Mr Benedict) are very good as well.
So, what more can I say? Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it. Reply and tell me what you thought of this great book!
From one book-loving kid to another, bye!