Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society, Awards, and Contest!

Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Tiny synopsis: Rennie Muldoon, Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire and Sticky Washington are each quite special in their own way. They have all passed a number of challenges posed by Mr. Benedict, and they now comprise the Mysterious Benedict Society. These children have been chosen to take part in a dangerous but important mission. They must go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, an obvious cover (c'mon it's EVIL spelled backwards) for Mr. Benedict's nemesis Ledroptha Curtain. The institute has been transmitting silent messages across airwaves that befuddle and confuse the population. Mr. Benedict fears Ledroptha Curtain is expanding his control over society-- but doesn't know how or why. The four children are the key to solving the mystery and saving the world.

WOW- this book had a ton of elements that I adored.

Friends trying to work together despite very incompatible personalities, oodles of mystery, heaps of logic puzzles and word games, and a really satisfying conclusion. 

It's the best Middle Grade book I've read, hands down-- but I am probably biased, because I'm such a puzzle nerd.

I highly recommend it.

Two great awards I'm thrilled to receive: the Supportive Blogger Award from Susan-- the feeling is mutual!

The Honest Scrap award from KT-- I love that image-- so bright and bold! Thank you!

Finally, do partake in my contest-- if you like swell cards like this one:

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