The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316057776
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ste
Description: 485 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ellis, Carson 1975-

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After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

There are no rules at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, but it's not easy to get in. Once enrolled, students are asked to use their wits and talents (and rely on each other) to complete a very difficult mission. First of a series.

Four children, each with unusual but useful talents, join forces to investigate a dastardly plot at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Also available as an eBook.

A group of gifted children go undercover to investigate The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where strange events are taking place.

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Jul 21, 2020

book+plot= AMAZING

Jun 28, 2020

This is a great book. It is definitely the best of the series.

Jun 01, 2020

This book is, and indeed has been, one of my favorites for years. Its story is a captivating masterpiece of mystery and adventure, and the book itself is written with more advanced sentence structures and techniques that accentuate, but do not confuse, the plot. Any reader who's looking for a story with rich language, detailed characters, and a fantastic story should absolutely try this one out.

May 30, 2020

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is a well- written, detailed book, with an exciting plot. Four children, all with distinct unique talents, are brought together by Mr. Benedict. He has a mission for them, a mission that will decide the fate of the world. To complete this mission, they must go undercover and try to stop Mr. Curtain from brainwashing to the world. Completing this mission will require them to push themselves, for the fate of the world is in their hands. This book is remarkably well written, and though the plot lingers a bit, it is so detail-rich that it never feels boring. The plot, though complicated, is explained very well that you never feel overwhelmed. If you like mystery and adventure, this is the book for you!

Apr 08, 2020

A wild ride that kids, teens and adults alike will enjoy with characters, setting and story that are more than face value. It is a large book, especially for kids (at nearly 500 pages), however you will find it reads in a breeze and once you've finished it, you'll come back again and again as you just can't get enough of it. The continuing series also holds true to this.

Dec 05, 2019

The Mysterious Benedict Society is as mysterious as it sounds. But I still managed to get some information about the plot, the characters and the author of the book. This I will tell you during the review. The Mysterious Benedict Society was written by Trenton Lee Stewart and published in 2007. The book is very famous - Goodreads has 110000 ratings and 10000 reviews! Trenton Lee Stewart was born in 1970, May 28 in USA. But let's get into the plot! A newspaper posted a curious advertisement - someone was looking for gifted children. Those kids would have to write a test to get qualified. Reynold Munrold, an orphan, decides to go ahead and give himself a try. Apparently, he passed them all despite tough competition. Along with him, 2 more girls and 1 boy passed the tests - Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire and George "Sticky" Washington. They all have extraordinary minds. Reynold is good at solving problems, Sticky has a sticky and an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects, Kate is good at surviving and has practical knowledge, and Constance... Well, it is hard to explain. You will understand later in the book why she is considered so gifted. All of the kids are united with a mission to save the world against Ledroptha Curtain, a great scientist and the principal of The Learning Institute of the Very Enlightened. That is where he constructs his mind-blowing machines that erase your memory. The kids must go to the Institute undercover and with fake documents. They will become spies for Mr. Benedict while he discovers a surprising thing about Ledroptha Curtain. Which one, I will not tell you, since it is up to you to find out that. The book had some pretty good plot twists up its sleeve that made me gasp with shock. It is not very hard to read, since there are no difficult or controversial topics there. Though it is thick - 484 pages, I read it in a few days without much effort. 4/5 Stars. @readermariacom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Nov 05, 2019

Great book, cleverly crafted! I really enjoyed reading this book, and fans of "Wildwood", or mystery, fantasy, or adventure books would love this!

Jul 24, 2019

this book kind of reminds me of harry potter which is magical really good book recommended.

Jul 09, 2019

I thought this book was one of the best books I’ve ever read!!! The characters were so interesting and complex. I also loved how they were so diverse. The storyline was amazing I loved the institute and how they got away. When I read this book it was never dull it was always interesting! Trenton lee Stewart got me reading this book all night! Definitely recommend this series!!!!!!

Jun 17, 2019

Very nicely done. Well written and fun to read. I enjoyed that the readers could try to solve the puzzles at the same time as the characters. All the protagonists made it very exciting to read. I do wish that there were more character view changes, instead of having it mostly Reynie's. My friend recommended this book to me, and I finished it within a day.

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Jun 25, 2015

Reynie Muldoon, a kid at the local orphanage, decides to take these peculiar tests when an ad in the newspaper attracts his attention. He meets three other friends along the way, and they are sent on a mission to stop Mr. Curtain, after they learn that he is sending people messages via television or radio signals. The four friends, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance go to the Learning Instutite for the Very Enlightened (LIVE) to act as secert agents and stop Mr. Curtain from boosting the power of the messages with his Whisperer. Reynie and Sticky soon rise up to Messenger status and are able to send these messages. But will they stop Mr. Curtain or are they too late?

May 31, 2015

At the beginning, Reynie Muldoon is a lonely orphan who's only friend is his tutor, Miss Perumal. Though he is exeptionnaly smart, Reynie is teased and mocked by the other boys. So, when one morning, as Reynie and Miss Perumal are readind the paper as they usually do, they spot an add reading " Are yo a child looking for special opportunities?" And it is at this instant that Miss Perumal insists upon him taking the test. Once Reynie gets there, one of the questions is " Are you brave?" And this is where the adventure begins...

Jul 15, 2014

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, 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?

alperkins Jun 07, 2014

When four kids take an unusual puzzle-and pass- they find themselves working alongside a brilliant man named Mr. Benedict, who is determined to save the world from an evil Sender. The children are put into the middle of the danger when they have to go into the very lair of the Sender himself. The outcome is sketchy, and the danger very real. Only by their quick wits and amazing talents do they overcome the enemy, at least for the moment.

Jun 04, 2014

Probably one of the best books I have ever read. Its sense of mystery made me want to keep reading forever. Anyways, it's about a group of children who all pass a series of tests set up by Mr.Benedict, who is looking for a group of children to help him defeat Mr. Curtain, the leader of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, and Mr. Benedict's twin brother. To do this, the children- Kate, an energetic girl, Reynie, an excellent leader, Sticky, a walking dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus and calculator, and Constance, a stubborn 3-year old toddler whose gifts prove to be the most important, have to go to LIVE themselves to find out more about Mr. Curtain' plots. If I said any more, I would ruin the story, so- i guess- that's all!

Oct 23, 2013

A group of child prodigies working together to defeat a madman who seeks to become the master of the world. Who wouldn't like to start reading!?

When I first saw this book the cover of the book made me think okay, this book might be a little strange and spooky. Was I wrong! This is now one of my favorite books! This is book is full of morally uplifting, well, goodness. A wonderful mystery adventure with plenty of cleverness and humor. I nice clean plot with no lurking evil. There is absolutely no foul or crude language. I've ended up reading this book time and time again(and have now added it to my personal collection!) it's just the type that doesn't get old! This book is good for all ages if you just want to put your nose in a good fast-paced, well developed novel. Younger audiences may become confused as this book has an advanced vocabulary.

Now, finally, my summary:
This book takes place in a city called Stonetown. There, a young orphan named Reynie takes a series of tests when he sees a strange add offering "special opportunities".
He soon meets up with two other kids: one named Sticky, and the other named Kate. They together take another test and meet a girl named Constance. Once they finish they meet Mr. Benedict, a kindly middle aged man with narcolepsy. soon after they intercept a radio broadcast. And before they know it they are on a top secret missions facing one of the world's most brilliant geniuses and mad men! Together they develop their talents and mak life wrong friendships. As they struggle together to save the worldm time is running out! Will they save the world and maybe even more importantly save their friendship? Find out and read the mysterious benedict society by Trenton lee Stewart. Check quotes for a poem from one of this trilogy- I think it's hilarious!

Jun 30, 2013

The Mysterious Benedict Society is about 4 kids (It's mostly about the kids. There's adults in it too, but it mainly focuses on the children). All of them are accepted after taking puzzling test, that seem much harder than they really are. After being assembled, all of them infiltrate L.I.V.E., a place of evil, to learn of missing agents' whereabouts, to find out what sends out the secret messages, and who's behind all these sinister plots!

Jun 18, 2013

a book full of suspence, mind boggling, and wit this is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 07, 2013

If you are 9-12 and looking for a book filled with mind boggling suspense and chalenges to get your brain pumping then the Mysterious Benedict Society is for you! In this great book four gifted children go through numerous tests to proove their skills. After they passed they must go on a dangerous and crazy mission to save the world. Will they make it with their new friendship at stake? Read the book to find out!

Aug 10, 2012

It was only a peculiar ad in a simple newspaper. Nothing more, nothing less. But for a few hand-picked children, this article was the beginning a series of mind-bending tests and mysterious adventures that would erratically change their lives.
Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as they begin to unravel the most difficult mystery they've ever encountered. Their lives, and possibly the fate of the whole world, rest in these children's hands.
And who says that children can't save the world?
Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance. Out of dozens of very capable children, these four were the ones selected for the special mission of the wise, mysterious Mr. Benedict. The genius had his reasons for picking the children, their amazing IQ, their extreme stubbornness, their logical thinking, and their thirst for adventure. But each child all had one thing in common, and that was the main reason Mr. Benedict brought these four children together.
A common ground that made their mission seem all the more dangerous.
So, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have a choice. Do they accept this dangerous mission, with unforeseen woe and forlorn trials? Or do they go back to the lives they had known and become the simple children they once were?
And if some of them do accept, will they be able to withstand the trials before them as secret agents?

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Jun 25, 2015

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”

Jul 31, 2014

"It sounds like there are no rules here at all," Sticky said.
"That's true George," said Jillson."Virtually none, in fact. You can Wear whatever you want, just so long as you have on trousers, shoes, and a shirt. You can bathe as often as you like or not at all, provided you're clean every day in class. You can eat whatever and whenever you want, so long as it's during meal hours in the cafeteria. You're allowed to keep the lights on in your rooms as late as you wish until ten o'clock each night. And you can go wherever you want around the Institute,so long as you keep to the paths and the yellow-tiled corridors."

Jul 21, 2014


green_turtle_775 Jul 19, 2013

"Reynie and Sticky looked at each other in awe. Who was this girl?"

Jun 18, 2013

control is the key
-leodroptha curtain

soccergirl8 Jul 18, 2012

'''If any child is caught cheating, then he or she will be executed ----'' The children gasped. ''I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant to say escorted. Any child caught cheating will be escorted from the building at once."'

May 15, 2011

'' There will be no talking! '' boomed the pencil woman, who entered just then, slamming the door behind her. She strode briskly to the front of the room, carrying a tall stack of papers and a jar of pickles. ''If any child is caught cheating, then he or she will be executed ----''

The children gasped.

''I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant to say escorted. Any child caught cheating will be escorted from the building at once.

Feb 07, 2011

They also knew they must act now or never. 'Tomorrow then,' Sticky said.

Feb 07, 2011

Reynie did stumble against something which - if seen from a distance and not stared at directly - might resemble a plan.

Feb 07, 2011

...and another [question] that required calculating how much time must pass before two speeding trains collided. (This last question Reynie answered with a thoughtful frown, noting in the margin that since the two trains were approaching each other on an empty stretch of track, it was likely the engineers would recognize the impending disaster and apply their brakes, thus avoiding the collision altogether.)

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