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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey: 06/05/11

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart the second in a three part series. Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance are reunited when Professor Benedict goes missing. It's assumed he's Mr. Curtain's prisoner. All they have to go on is a series of cryptic clues, clues that will take them across the ocean.

All in all I loved the book but it took a little too long to get started. The book opens with a reunion of most of the major characters. It's played out to be a happy time on the farm where everyone is living happily ever after. But I just wanted to get to the good part!

Fortunately once the foursome get to the ship that's on the cover the story takes off. It has a similar flow of clues as a Dan Brown book or even The Club Dumas but aimed at middle grade readers. As all good puzzle mysteries should be written, the riddles and clues before the children are things that alert readers can solve too.

Four stars.

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Comment #1: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 10:11:15


I just bought this book a few weeks ago. I'm glad your overall opinion is good. Thanks for the review.

Comment #2: Thursday, June 7, 2011 at 17:55:01


Once they get on the ship, it's a great book. It's just a little slow to get started. Happy reading.

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