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Mini-Review // The Mysterious Benedict Society

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities?

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enrol to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?

Welcome to the mysterious benedict society.

My favourite aspect of the book was the charactersI i loved how each of the characters had unique personalities, quirks and skills. Reynie was the natural leader of the group. Although he wasn’t book-smart, he had lots of creative just-in-time solutions. Sticky was a shy and timid boy who had a knack for remembering everything he read. Kate was resourceful and independent; she had a bucket of tools and never backed down for a challenge. And Constance was whiny and disagreeable… but she had a good heart and a hidden talent. I loved watching these characters get to know and rely on each other as they embark on Mr. Benedict’s challenge.

The story was complex and full of twists and turns. I never knew what was going to come up next. Each time the kids were met with a challenge, I wondered how they would survive! I loved the clever puzzles that the kids had to solve — many of which had me stumped! This novel had me on the edge of my seat.

Despite this being a middle grade novel, the themes of this book were relatable for me as an adult reader. I loved that the characters were able to face challenges like conquering self-doubt, choosing what is right over what is easy, and learning to rely on others. Watching the kids learn and grow brought tears to my eyes.

Without any spoilers, I liked that the plot of this book touched on mental illness in a nonjudgmental way.

I loved the writing in this book. Usually I am not used to omniscient narrators but I felt that it really worked well in this book, and I liked that each of the POVs were talked about.

Lastly, this book is so unique with a creative, genre-defying premise that I wouldn’t know what to compare it to!

Overall I really enjoyed the book and didn’t have any major complaints. It took a while for me to get into the book initially, however after the first 1/3 or so, I was hooked!

5/5 fishies!!

I loved this unique book about extraordinary characters who risked their lives for a cause they believed in. This should be a middle grade classic!

Are there books that you think will be or should be MG/YA classics?

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16 thoughts on “Mini-Review // The Mysterious Benedict Society

  1. This review made me so happy to read! The Mysterious Benedict Society was one of my childhood favorites and I reread it frequently.❤️ I love the characters so much as well- and one of my favorite aspects is that the kids are ones doing the “world saving,” and the adults are more of the sidekicks. Also, Reynie will always be one of my favorite MG characters, though I have a soft spot for Sticky, Kate, and Constance too. If you read the rest of the series, I hope you enjoy it! Wonderful review. xx

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    1. Hi Olivia!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed this series!! I really like all the characters and really can’t choose a favourite between the 4 MCs. What did you think about the rest of the series?

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      1. I really loved the rest of the series! When I do a reread of MBS, I always reread the rest of the series as well and would definitely recommend it. The adventures never stop, and a new book in it with the characters a little more grown up (but with the same childhood vibes) came out last year as well!

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      2. Yes I know what you mean! I’ve started book 2 and feel like the characters are a bit more grown up than in the first book 🙂 Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

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  2. YES!! The Mysterious Benedict Society is one of the books I read in middle school that REALLY stands out to me, not actually because of the book but because I fell while reading it and I still have the scars to prove it BUT this is still SUCH a good story. the characters were SO GOOD and I remember really loving the puzzles and challenges. I feel like so many people don’t bother to read middle grade fiction because they think they’re too old for it — but really, you’re never too old for MG! the themes still work.

    This book is a middle grade classic in MY heart ❤ It's always given me the same feeling as the H.I.V.E series for some reason, even though I don't think that they're that similar. Liked this post a lot!

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    1. Hi Richa! I’m glad to hear that you also enjoy this series. I really love the characters and the puzzles too. I agree that I don’t see a lot of people reading MG, and I used to feel the same way, but after I really delved into MG books this year I’m loving it. I agree that the themes in this book (as well as other books) are meaningful for adults 🙂

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  3. I’d never heard about this book before but it sounds so good! Kinda like a middle-grade version of every heart a doorway? I’m definitely adding it to my TBR. Also, I love your mini-reviews, they are so nice to read ❤︎

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    1. Hi Juli! I haven’t read Every Heart a Doorway, but if I could compare this series to any other series, it did remind me a bit of the series of unfortunate events.
      Glad that you like these mini-reviews Juli!

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    1. Hi Tasya! Haha I know what you mean in that I don’t remember the books that I’ve read a long time ago either, other than whether or not I enjoyed it xD I’m sorry that you didn’t like this book though!

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