Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"On a bright September morning, when most children his age were in school ..., a boy named Reynie Muldoon was walking down a dusty road."

Last October, I read the first book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart. After a long wait on the library list, I finally got the chance to read the second book, The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Perilous Journey. This book was just as fun as the first but more well-balanced.

This story picks up one year after the end of the first book. Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance reunite to go on a special mission that Mr. Benedict has set up for them. Unfortunately, Mr. Benedict gets kidnapped and the kids' journey turns into a rescue mission instead. Their journey includes boat, train and air travel and quite a few chases and ambushes. They get to travel and solve clues but must never let down their guard.

Just as in the first book, the kids are imperfect but willing and able to learn and improve themselves. They are very smart and talented but also have flaws. But they learn that their flaws can also be strengths. This was a great adventure and I can't wait until Z is a bit older and can read these books. He sat down for a few minutes with me this time and read a couple of pages. He especially loved the name "Sticky".

Waiting impatiently for the next Society meeting,

Buy The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey on Amazon or find it at your local library.

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