I Read It ::: The Mysterious Benedict Society


Okay, so technically I don't know if this post will qualify for an I Read It post ... but I did, and I enjoyed it, so I'm going to tell you about it. :) Thanks to a suggestion from Carrie, I plunged into The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Her review is here on her personal blog, and her review of the sequel (which is waiting for me today at the library) is here at 5M4B.

This is the story of four unlikely friends - four extremely gifted children - and how they are brought together to stop a worldwide threat. This isn't your normal threat though. It involves brainwaves and brainwashing and the children find themselves on an island left with only their wits to battle the evil Mr. Curtain. I won't say much more about the story, but suffice it to say it was great and kept me turning pages.

I highly recommend this book ... this is a great upper-elementary age book for both boys and girls. In fact, as soon as I finished book 1, I immediately emailed a friend with a 4th grade boy and said he needed to get this book from the library. That good. I'm up to my neck in books over here, but I may just have to set them aside for a bit after our library run today. :)

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  1. Why wouldn't it count? This is perfect.

    I need to read this as well. My daughter has read it (at Carrie's recommendation among others), and several friends have enjoyed it, but I haven't taken the plunge myself.

    Oh -- now I get why it might not count -- because Carrie first recommended the book on her own site, not 5M4B -- but I'm with you. It counts. Thanks for joining in.

  2. I'm just glad you read it. ;) AND glad you enjoyed it! It's so awesome! I consider it a personal mission to have the whole world reading it . . .

    (Part of my whole world domination theme.)

  3. Great review, may be something one of my boys could get into. Thanks. :)

  4. Anonymous2:33 PM

    I'm slowly but surely getting the message that this is a MUST READ. Thanks for another confirmation, Stephanie! ; )

  5. Ooh, I have a copy of this on Andrew's nightstand right now! I may have to snitch it for myself before he cracks it open : )


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