woensdag 27 juni 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 26: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Stewart (The Mysterious Benedict Society # 1)

Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society # 1)
Author: Trent Stewart
Story: Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children—two boys and two girls—succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive 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. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.
Start: june 19th 2012
End: june 27th 2012
Comment: Have you ever found yourself feeling alone? Out of place? Too smart to be cool? If so, maybe you have what it takes to be a member of the Mysterious Benedict Society. Reynie Muldoon is all of these things and more. When he answers an ad promising a special opportunity, little did Reynie realize that he would save the world - a task only children could accomplish! With him, three other kids were recruted. Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall and Constance Contraire. All four children are completely different and each have their own skills. Reynie is exceptionally talented at problem solving. Sticky has a photographic memory and a talent for speed-reading. Kate is resourceful and athletic. Constance is extremely intelligent, precocious and stubborn. I liked Constance the most, because of her sarcasm an maybe because the others didn't like her in the beginning at all. Somehow I just couldn't dislike Constance. When kids are lead characters in stories they often become cliché and very predictable. Stewart managed to create four loveable child characters and he gave them depth and dimension. The only thing I missed later in the book were the riddles the kids had to solve. That was very present in the beginning, but faded. The rest of the book was so much fun to read and very fast paced. I'm definitely going to continue this series.
Rating: 4,5/ 5

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