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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
ISBN 13: 9780316003957
ISBN 10: 316003956
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $8.99

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society. Our heroes, Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Weatherhill, and Constance Contraire face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations; they have no cho

Publishers Weekly

Kids who are itching for a boarding-school-set fantasy-adventure in between visits to Hogwarts might pleasantly pass the time listening to this quirky tale, which is narrated with panache and a tone of childlike curiosity by Roy. When an ad reading "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" appears in a local paper, it's hard for many children to resist. But only four out of dozens pass the rigorous mind-bending tests that prove they are special and talented enough to undertake a mysterious mission at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (as assigned by narcoleptic benefactor Mr. Benedict). Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance band together using their unique gifts (be it for photographic memory, puzzle-solving or acrobatics) to uncover the dastardly plot of the Learning Institute's founder, Ledroptha Curtain. Roy's voice, masculine and scratchy, but able to reach a youthful high pitch, is an enjoyable companion for the four protagonist's exploits. Though some of Mr. Curtain's plans sound preposterously convoluted, they are humorously so. Listeners are rewarded when all wraps up nicely by program's end. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)

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