The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Review

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Published: 2007
Four children gifted in unique ways are mysteriously brought together to save the world from the elusive Ledroptha Curtain. If his dastardly plan succeeds, he will be able to control the thoughts and patterns of the world. But the affable Mr. Benedict hopes to foil his scheme with the help of Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire.
4.9Overall Score

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Four children gifted in unique ways are mysteriously brought together to save the world from the elusive Ledroptha Curtain. If his dastardly plan succeeds, he will be able to control the thoughts ...

  • Plot
    5.0
  • Characters
    5.0
  • Pacing
    5.0
  • Setting
    4.5
  • Pacing
    5.0

Content Review: 

Language-None!

Sexual-None!

Violence-None!

Spiritual – *Minor spoiler!* The answer to a riddle is dependent on knowledge of zodiac signs (the sign of the Gemini to represent/signify twins).

Other-None!

 

Personal Review: 

This book is one of the special few that feel like returning home upon a reread. Perfect for a rainy afternoon and a steaming mug of tea, this middle-grade mystery remains entertaining and relevant over a decade after publication.

If the setting is occasionally eerie, it’s only as the plot demands it. It has a hint of dystopia, but it’s first and foremost a mystery. I’m a sucker for a good boarding school mystery, and I love stories with strong friendships. Needless to say, this book delivers.

Unlike so many middle-grade and YA releases, our main characters act like twelve-year-olds because they are just that. They don’t become fighters or brilliant tacticians within a few chapters. Instead, they have unique personality traits that enable them to act in ways that advance the plot. They are who they are, and the author respects their ages and identities as characters.

What the children lack in maturity or wisdom, the adults provide. Another aspect that is rarely seen in recent releases is the balance between kid power and present adults. Mr. Benedict and his trusty troupe are loyal, earnest and brave.

The character development is also noteworthy! Each of the children grows significantly throughout the book, as does their friendship. What starts as a shaky alliance becomes a friendship forged through difficulties and peril but also fun adventures and late-night chats.

Overall, The Mysterious Benedict Society is uniquely wholesome and gripping, and you’ll quickly reach for the sequel.

Happy reading and farewell for now!

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