Friday, April 30, 2010

The Mysterious Benidict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This book is a really great book about four kids who are all incredibly gifted. Their names are Reynie (short for Reynard), Kate, Sticky (short for George), and Constance. They see in ad in the newspaper, which all of them read, saying, “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”

They all go and take a bunch of tests. A lot of kids go to take the tests, but only they make it through all the tests. After they’re done, they meet a man named Mr. Benidict who tells them about a troubling matter. He tells them about the sender, a man named Mr. Curtain. He sends messages through TV programs and radio stations. It makes people think things that aren’t very true.

Mr. Benidict sends the members of the newly formed Mysterious Benidict Society to the place where Mr. Curtain sends his messages, the Learning Institute For the Very Enlighted (LIVE). When they get there, they see Mr. Curtain for the first time, and are surprised to see that he looks just like Mr. Benidict. They use Morse Code to signal him. They say, “We see Mr. B. when we see Mr. C. How can this be?” They find that the two men are twins seperated by birth.

Reynie and Sticky do really well on the tests they take at the Institute and become messengers. Messengers are the children who send the strange messages. They know that the improvement, as Mr. Curtain calls it, is coming so they make all the messengers except themselves sick so the boys have a chance to go in the Whisperer (the sender of the messages). They get Kate and Constance to come and Constance defeats the Whisperer by using her obstinate attitude.

This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure, humor, and suspense. (There is two other books in the series. Read them all!)