Review – The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart


I’ve been exploring books on my Kindle and the various online sources where, through my local library, I can access free Kindle books. While this is great, I’ve found that I am usually just judging a book by it’s cover and have no idea the genre, the length, or really what I’m getting myself into. If I really think about it, though, judging a book by its cover isn’t too different from how I sometimes select books at the library, so I guess all of this rambling was for nothing.


Long story short: kids save the world. Or do they? Not trying to spoil anything here.

I really did not realize I was cracking open a childrens’ lit / young-adult series, but I’m not complaining. The kids in the Mysterious Benedict Society are carefully chosen to take part in a plot to save the world from an unseen evil, and the danger is approaching faster than they think. And this, of course, means the pages practically turn themselves.

Stewart does a good job of introducing relatable characters and, one of my personal favorites, includes some strong females in the cast of characters. Though some of the plot-lines and acronyms had me rolling my eyes, I had to keep in mind that it was written for kids. And also I was, for the most part, really into it. So that must mean he did a good job, yeah?

ac Thinks

Worth the read, especially if:

  • You are a middle-school teacher looking for a good segue into some deeper topics (government, technology – the usual)
  • You are a middle-school student looking for some good winter break reading
  • You need something fun and mindless to read before going to bed each night (pretty much what I did, until the last few chapters when I really started to rip through it

Advertisements Share this:
Like this:Like Loading... Related