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Are You A Gifted Child Looking For Special Opportunities Ad Attracts Dozens For Mind Bending Tests Readers May Try Only Two Boys And Two Girls Succeed For A Secret Mission, Undercover And Underground Into Hidden Tunnels At The Learning Institute For The Very Enlightened, The Only Rule Is There Are No Rules This is by far the best YA novel that I have read since the Harry Potter books Characters are great, thoughtful and like nothing I have read before Even though this book is almost 500 pages long, I have been reading it aloud to my class and they are loving it Every day I come into class they are asking if we get to read it for the day I can t wait to get the second one.Enjoy I feel like I m coming late to the party, since a lot of readers have already discovered this series, but I enjoyed it very much great cast of characters, lots of cool puzzles and mysteries The book made me feel nostalgic, because it reminded me of some of the better children s books I grew up with, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Phantom Tollbooth Stewart s storytelling has an old fashioned elegance to it, and yes, I mean that in the best possible way The second book in the series is now out, and I will definitely be picking it up. Please read the following sentence as if I am singing it, joyfully IT S THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLDDDDDD.Also, I hope you mentally gave me a beautiful singing voice I m not saying I have one but I am saying that s the polite thing to do.Anyway THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD I love it so much oh my god Unless you are new here in which case, welcome and you have made a grave mistake , you know how I feel about middle grade How I feel about middle grade is this I LOVE IT.Middle grade is like young adult if young adult wasn t so dramatic, and didn t have a million boring dramatic unnecessary subplots, and wasn t legally required under the jurisdiction of the United Nations to contain a romance.In other words, if everything that sucked so hard about YA didn t exist.A utopia Middle grade adventure is especially good, and this book is the most especially good example of the most especially good of the most especially good.Even just writing about it makes me so happy I can barely type out rational thoughts Don t say what else is new Just because it s true doesn t mean it s nice See the beginning of this review The Mysterious Benedict Society is action packed It is also riddles packed, and mystery packed, and excitement packed, and friendship packed, and character development packed, and knowledge packed, and everything that is wonderful in this world packed.I loved it when I was ten I loved it when I reread it in early high school And I love it now, when my opinions are actually trustworthy Ten year old me liked every book she read and early high school me wore like 18 layers of mascara every day so don t go around listening to either of them Rereading this was a pleasure even while I was in the midst of a reading slump for the ages, which is proof that it s good all the time no matter who you are It s also pretty shockingly diverse, for 2007 Like, could give most YA fantasy published in 2018 a run for its money.The friendships and family in this are so wonderful, and the characters themselves are lil sweethearts you just want to hug, and the whole thing is such a tension filled action packed mind blowing event that you ll never want it to end.Now I want to reread the sequels.Bottom line THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK AND I RECOMMEND IT UNIVERSALLY Also, by recommend, I mean will foist it upon you by force if necessary IS THERE A BOOK IN THE WORLD I LOVE MORE THAN THIS BOOK the answer probably no.buddy re read with 1 3 of my kik inbox, even tho i m not 100% sure if she s started yet How do librarians decide what children s book they want to read next Well, there are professional reviews, online reviews, and good old fashioned word of mouth And when it came to The Mysterious Benedict Society , I picked up this 486 page tome, turned it about, and then needed a quickie confirmation from somebody as to whether or not I should shell out a significant portion of time to read this puppy As it happened, a librarian I knew and trusted assured me that it wasn t all that good and that I shouldn t waste my days Fair enough I gave away my copy and decided to forget all about it But then the book s name kept cropping up left and right Oh, I should really read it Oh, it s really good Oh, you haven t read it What s wrong with you Eventually, the pressure got to be too much I couldn t take it any As far as I could ascertain I was the only children s librarian in the WORLD who hadn t read The Mysterious Benedict Society , and that was going to have to change So I borrowed a library copy, took it home, and fell in love Once in a while you just want to read a book that s fun This book is precisely that Smart and thoroughly a good good read.Reynie Muldoon doesn t think of himself as extraordinary He thinks of himself as weird and out of place An orphan, Reynie and his tutor one day spot an advertisement that reads, ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES He is, as it happens, and that means taking a series of tests Odd tests Odd, increasingly peculiar tests that go beyond the classroom, or even the realm of the normal By the end of the puzzles Reynie has passed, as have three other rather remarkable children Sticky Washington is a bit of a bookworm, but the kind of kid who never forgets a single fact that he reads Kate Wetherall is an athletic type who carries a handy bucket with her wherever it is that she goes And Constance Contraire is very small, very rude, and very stubborn Together, these kids have been recruited by a Mr Benedict to infiltrate the very prestigious Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and discover what it is that the school s devious head is planning They know that it s evil and dangerous, but beyond that they are out of information So it is that our four heroes become spies and set out to save the world using their very individual abilities.I ve heard this book referred to as two different stories smooshed together into a single tale That s not exactly how I d chose to describe it, but it s a fair assessment This actually isn t a problem either If you like the first portion then you are bound to like the second I was fond of the writing too Never twee or coy, it comes right to the point of things without sacrificing emotion or character It can get away with sentences like, She announced her age right away, for children consider their ages every bit as important as their names because they are straightforward and true Stewart can get stuff across without a bunch of overwrought flowery language Their mouths went dry as bones, needs no further explanation In terms of the sequel, one person I discussed the book with said of it, I don t feel I need to go back to that world I agree, in a way Stewart wraps up his loose ends nicely Unlike some series for kids, you aren t left with many holes or gaps in the plot There is certainly room for a follow up, but if you don t read it you won t feel you ve missed something The important thing to remember is that clever kids like clever tales For children who like everything from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin to The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, by Eric Berlin, this is the book for them Consistently fun and fine, the book whizzes through its 400 pages so fast that you ll be shocked at how quickly you find yourself at the end.