“Are you brave?”…the main character of The Mysterious Benedict Society (an upper elementary – teen book), Reynie, must answer this question at the beginning of the book. After much thought, his answer is “I hope so.”
And, thus begins Reynie’s discovery of how brave he is. Reynie is not alone, however. He is one of four children, of various ages, who pass the test and are asked to serve on a very dangerous and very important mission. Each person holds a unique talent, a strength that only he/she possesses. And working together, with help from their talents, they hope to accomplish their mission. These talents are not all immediately known. The children have never met before. Will they succeed?
Of course, the answer can be found in reading The Mysterious Benedict Society, as well as the two other books in the series: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey; The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. You can also check-out the webpage here.
These books are similar to AND different from the Harry Potter series, Ron Dahl books, and Blue Balliett books. The kids discover their talents, work together, and fight injustice. The kids are in a real world, dealing with real people, and dealing with themselves as growing young adults. These books are appropriate for very young readers with higher reading levels, as well as middle schoolers (and I would argue that older teens and adults would enjoy the books as well …I certainly did!)
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Posted by: Christine Wagenfuehr