It's incredibly difficult to review series books. The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner's Dilemma is the third in a youth series by Trenton Lee Stewart. I read the first book last October and the second one in January. Of course there are things revealed in the first story that are taken for granted in the remaining books but I can't reveal them without spoiling the series for newcomers. I'm going to do my best to do a mostly spoiler-free review but if you are considering the series, you may choose not to continue.
Our four Society children--Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance--are continuing to grow and develop, each honing their own particular skills. They are spending most of their time being taught by Mr. Benedict and his staff. However, there is no peace and quiet for this group while the children are being targeted for their knowledge of past occurrences. Eventually, their sanctuary is attacked and the group must fight a crafty adversary in order to save Stonetown.
This is just a great series about growing children. In this book, they are maturing and starting to break out of the narrow confines of their youthful personalities. For example, it's not easy for one of the kids to try being the brave one when he has always been nervous and timid. But he realizes that for the sake of his friends, he needs to take advantage of an opportunity that only he has thought of. This is a great lesson for any child.
Hoping Z also grows up to be brave and resourceful,
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