The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Melissa on November 15, 2010 · 0 comments

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Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society
Series: The Mysterious Benedict Society Book 1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: [?] TBD
AR Level: [?] 5.6
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When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful 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.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Welcome to the mysterious benedict society.


While the good guys eventually win, there is quite a bit of peril for the children in the story. Quite  bit is expected of them in very difficult circumstances. They rise to the challenge (as children usually do), but it is a stressful story. Strong characters, creative problem solvers.


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Sexual Content



Word use: emetic


Grownups deceive, trick, threaten and try to harm children. There is quite a bit of peril for the children. Grownups use tranquilizer guns on each other. A little girl is tasered by bad guys.


A boy thinks his seemingly neglectful family doesn’t want him and he runs away. Another girl thinks her father abandoned her. The Mysterious Benedict Society is made up of runaways and orphaned or abandoned children.


Some discussion about the signs of the Zodiac from a constellation perspective, not metaphysical.

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