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  • Published: New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 485 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0316003956
  • 0316057770
  • 9780316057776


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The mysterious Benedict Society

by Stewart, Trenton Lee.

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Call number: Teen Fiction, Y Fiction / Stewart, Trenton

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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.

Community Reviews

I love this book!

I think this book has good detail and lots of friendship. I think it's really cool that the fourth book is a puzzle book!


Great book to start off a series, is very engaging, couldn't wait to read the other books.

Great Book

This is a great book that's interesting and well written. You won't be able to put this book down.

The Best!! ☺❤

This book is the best thing ever!! It has the greatest plot and it's really cleverly written.
As the other reviews said, you really can't put it down once you start.

Two thumbs up

These books are not just for kids.

luv it

it is a great book and everyone should read it


This is my second favorite book ever. The first is the final book in the series. One of the main complaints that I've heard is that the book is too slow. But I think that if it was any faster, we would miss out on some of the best parts of the story. The little things in between the big, important things are what make the book so great. The characters are well imagined. I recommend it to everyone who asks!

Great Fun

The first book in a fantastic series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, is quite good. Not only is the story line fun, but the characters are well developed. The Mysterious Benedict Society is chock-full of wacky inventions, interesting people and crazy puzzles. I would really recommend checking this book out.

First for the Benedict Society

This book is amazing. For those of you who are planning to read it at the beginning I know it may seem boring and slightly confusing but stick with it. I made that mistake the first time I tried reading it but when I picked it back up from the bookshelf a second time I was so glad that I did for it is an amazing and enticing book that will make you lost in your own thoughts for days!


This book was one of the the best books I have read. This book is filled with action, adventure, humor, and is full of twists and turns. It's a story of 4 kids that all have some things in common. They join forces and become spies on a mission with the help of Mr. Benedict. They call themselves the Mysterious Benedict Society.


good book

Smart, fun, and fabulous!

I loved this book when I first read it, so much so that I frequently reread it. This book is absolutely delightful, and Stewart is unbelievably creative as he writes in his timeless style. Though it's written for children, The Mysterious Benedict Society has universal appeal. It has puzzles, fun, suspense, danger, laughs, and everything in between.

Delightful and Smart

This book has everything a terrific children's novel should have. It is full of warm and loving characters, suspense, puzzles, codes, and inner struggle. In many ways it reminded me of the Series of Unfortunate Events, with the notable and welcome difference of a pleasant ending.

Love it!

A great start to a fantastic series. I couldn't put it down once I started it.

love it

once you read this book you never want to stop.

Great adventure story

A great book where four misfit children are recruited through a series of tests to become spies because of their exceptional intelligence and problem-solving skills. Harry Potter fans looking for another series will enjoy it.

just started it

i just started this book and I already really enjoy it. Everyone should read it.

Outstanding Book

When Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire pass a series of challenging tests, they go undercover to the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened to try and stop Mr. Curtain, an evil genius who wants to brainwash everyone and have them under his control. This is an amazing book. I loved it.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Review

This book starts when we meet our main character, Reynard Muldoon. The first seen introuduces us to Reynard while he is reading the paper with his tutor, Miss Perumal. As he is skimming the pages he comes across an add:
He reads this and notices that is addressed to children, not adults, so he decideds to take the tests. When he does this he will meet many people and make many new friends. He will meet Kate Wetherall, (The Great Kate Weather Machine), George Washinton (Sticky), Constance, and of course Mr. Benedict. As Reynard (Reynie) and his friends struggle to take down a most evil contraption that is meant brainsweep everyone, they will encounter great dangers and terrible losses.
I enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I think you should read it too.

Creative, Implausible, Wonderful

The story is long and complicated, so I found it best to dive right in and not come up until you're finished. The children were great characters and developed into a perfect team. I enjoyed the author's creativity devising the initial tests and different ways each of the children conquered them.

The story is based around a huge conspiracy, the implausibility of which really didn't interfere at all with my enjoyment of the book. It's written in a very deliberate, detail-oriented and timeless style, but still letting the kids pretty much be kids, albeit super-smart, well-behaved kids.

Looking forward to reading the sequel!

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