The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Reynie Muldoon is a singular child. He is an orphan with an astonishing intellect. He, with the assistance of his tutor and friend, Ms Perumal, answers an add in the paper looking for exceptional children and after a gruelling round of tests and several strange min adventures,is one of only four children chosen by the mysterious Mr Benedict to help him save the world! Each of the children are orphans or runaways. Each has some gift, either intellectual or physical which makes them unique… and they all are strong minded and almost obsessed with the truth!

An interesting idea with some great characters, but a bit hard to get started! All of the children are geniuses in their own rights, and each has their own flaws and faults, but when put together they need to work together as a team to stop the evil plan of Mr Curtain to use brain washing techniques and mind sweeping machines to dominate and ultimately control the whole world!

A lot of time is spent introducing the characters and the main premise behind the plot. Once the children are sent to the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, the pace picks up and the story begins to become clearer!

A good read for Year 3-6 students who like a bit of a challenge and aren’t afraid to stick with a book beyond the first few slow chapters!