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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Updated on December 22, 2014

The Mysterious Benedict Society ... Just what are they up to anyway?

The newspaper advertisement is addressed to "gifted children looking for special opportunities". Well, that certainly describes Reynie Muldoon! The 11-year-old orphan is one of four children to complete a series of challenging and creative tasks and dub themselves the Mysterious Benedict Society. The team has been recruited to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E.) to derail a plot to take over the world. Their intellect, imagination and resourcefulness are called upon to discover the secrets on the island where L.I.V.E. is located, and their only chance to succeed is by working together.

My Review

These are the times when I love the success of Harry Potter even more. Proof positive that long books can be popular, kids can be brilliant and the gritty parts of life don't need to be made shiny.

Our four protagonists - Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance - fit the typical personality types you tend to see in groups. Well, except for Constance. She's quite the fly in the ointment and it's not until the end that you actually discover why. (Shhh. Don't tell.) They're a group that you actually really get behind and root for from the beginning. Reynie serves as the leader and tends to be the point of view for the reader, so it's easy for him to be the favorite, but I think Kate has potential for future stories to be a breakout star.

The adventure is a bit on the unbelievable side at times, but that's part of what makes it an adventure. And just plain old fun.

The story reminds me a little of the Series of Unfortunate Events with the crazy acronyms, over-the-top villans and self-reliant children. If you enjoyed those, I'm confident you'll like these.

Check out the review and interview done recently with Stewart after this book was chosen for NPR's Backseat Book Club.

(A note on images. The drawings used on this webpage come from the first book and are included under the fair use section of copyright law.)

Mysterious Benedict Society Videos

Continue the Adventures with the Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

The kids are back on an adventure again that has them relying almost completely on themselves to figure out clues, outsmart the bad guys and execute a daring rescue.

 

And Even More Mysterious Benedict Society Adventures

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

Can Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance keep Ledroptha Curtain from regaining his deadly Whisperer machine?

 

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)

A prequel to the Mysterious Benedict Society

Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a boy named Nicholas Benedict. Meet the boy who started it all....

 
Random and strange phrases are really trigger words.
Random and strange phrases are really trigger words.

It Was a Puzzling Story ...

Mr. Benedict uses a series of puzzles to help him find the members of the Mysterious Benedict Society. While none of the members arrive at the same answers, they apparently all passed with flying colors.

Would you have been able to pass the test?

Oh yes!! I love puzzles and got them all.

Oh yes!! I love puzzles and got them all.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yep! I am a puzzle fanatic and have even completed the book of puzzles they made based off this series easily:)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes!!! There is a puzzle book for it now and I got all of those too!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes i would have and i am just lke reynie

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      you know the puzzles and questions at the back of book 1, well I got all of them right!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes siree

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think so...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      maybe, i would probably do it reynie's way, i'm pretty good at solving puzzles

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a good book

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      the book was awesome but i pobaly whouldent have past because like unlike reynie my monde wouldent be able to think tht way

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i pobaly whouldent ave been able to pass the test because i probably whouldent think the same way the children did

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      passed really easy!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Too easy

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      too hard

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      kool puzzles

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i would have passed

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yea, im smart enough.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      probably yeah. i love things that work my mind. LOL. im very smart.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Easy peasy

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      .. .-.. --- ...- . -.. . ...- . .-. -.-- -- .. -. ..- - . --- ..-. .. -!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      duh! of course i would!

    No puzzles for me, please!

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Puzzles are boring, not much adoring!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i'm not the best at mind puzzles and the test question that i read was way too hard

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        no way!!!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        No....

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        maybe

      • Katie-Kat 7 years ago

        no way

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO

        WWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        With contrarily Constance style anwers (unless she used her powers to get her answers!!!!)

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Constance-style!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        nope, since i don't have any mental talent!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i would not because i am smart but not that smart

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I love puzzles... but surely could not have passed the tests.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I don't think anyone on this planet, except for Kate, Reynie, Sticky, and Constance could ever do those tests! I am positive I could not do them. Well almost.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I probably wouldn't pass but I love the series but I do love puzzles

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        no, defintely not

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        no.i really wouldn't have thought of that. then again, maybe i would. i have no clue but i would have tried.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Heck NO!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Nooo wayy!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        are you kidding?

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        some of them

        i am like reynie, i would have found the pattern

        i would have avoided the cheater

        i think i'd be like reynie

      Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums

      The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
      The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums

      Think you have what it takes to join the Mysterious Benedict Society?

      A mind-bending collection of ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself

       

      The Society Members

      Reynie Muldoon

      A careful thinker, Reynie becomes the leader of the group almost by default. He takes the time to think through every twist of the story, every puzzle thrown his way. He worries about being brave enough and stresses about suddenly having people who depend on him.

      Kate Weatherall

      A bit of a jump-first and look-later type, Kate takes an unconventional view of things. Her handy-dandy bucket contains a strange collection of odds and ends, things that turn out to be quite useful at the strangest of times.

      Sticky Washington

      The opposite of Kate, Sticky (real name George) is nervous and overly cautious. He is able to read at lightening speed and remember everything he reads perfectly. He finds inner strength he never knew he had and acceptance at a time when he really needs it.

      Constance Contraire

      Tiny, cranky and constantly tired, Constance doesn't seem to add much to the team. She has to be carried in order to keep up, provides obnoxious answers to any question and needs words explained to her constantly. In the end, she plays a crucial role in helping the team win out over Mr. Curtain.

      Which Character are You Most Like?

      We'll assume for the moment that no one here would be like any of the bad guys. So which of the good guys are you most like?

      Which Character are You Most Like?

      See results
      You never know how brave you can be until you challenge yourself.
      You never know how brave you can be until you challenge yourself.

      How Would You Rate The Book?

      On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?

      See results

      Another Series I Think You'll Like

      The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)
      The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series)

      The first book of four in this series. Not quite as puzzle-oriented as the Benedict books, but still pretty good.

       

      Leave Your Message Here! - Just not in Morse code! We want to be able to read it!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          i loooooooooooooooove this book especially constance she sounds cute at the end of the first book

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          I will definitely read these books - I love high quality children's books.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          A book you may never put down even at 1 A.M.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hey yall there should be a movie of it! I can't wait! i've just read the books. i need to be reminded again of it if only they make a movie!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          They should make this into a movie but not mess it up (like they did to The Lightning Theif)! If they mess the movie up I will personally kill the director............. have a nice day! *smiles evily at director*

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am hoping to become the youngest and first ever person to become the director of a movie that is based on the first book. That's how good the first one is even when I've only read the first half!!!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Does anyone know if there's a way to make this into a movie? It would be a really good movie!

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          lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

          I want to read this book. I tried to get my daughter to read it a few years ago but she wasn't interested. Now she has outgrown it. I might just get it and read it on my own. Nice lens.

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          firewipes 6 years ago

          BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for Mr. Benedict's life as a kid book in 2012

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          Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          ¨¨¨°º©©º° This lens has been blessed! °º©©º°¨¨¨

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Omigod!!!!!!!!!!! Best book i have ever read was the prisoners delema i love the fight with milligan its very descriptive it feel as if your with them i just wanna jump up and have an adventure that would bring friendships closer and whould mainloy be fun with puzzles and a great deal of effort! My favorite quote that kate shows constantly is don't give up when you know its not over

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Oh my gosh, these books were awesome! I admit I was suspicious at first that they wouldn't be as fantastic as everyone claims, but I got hooked after the first chapter. I positively love Constance; she's adorable, though I know she'd kill me if she saw that. Well, maybe not "kill". But still.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I absolutely adored the books! They're one of my favorites. It you haven't read them, you have to!

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          fromthegreenroom 7 years ago

          Love these books. I am actually reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey now. I have been dreaming as Kate Wetherall. This is a great lens. Thanks for sharing! Check out my lens on young adult fantasy at www.squidoo.com/yafantasyfiction.

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          sam3erry 7 years ago

          cool lens!

          i want to read this book now ;)

          awesome pictures as well

          cheers

          sam

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          i love these books and i have read them a many times! i plan on reading the third to. i liked how i had too test my brain and i would somtime figure it out. i'm glad my friend showd me them or i would've never bought them! :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          i really enjoyed this book.It was hard to stop reading it.

          As Bob wrote :

          bey the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          bey the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          i will agree to him:

          bey the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If not buy, at least read it!!!!!!!!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          You know you can take the quiz at the back of the book to see what character you really are. I was Kate Weatherall

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Love the theme of this book. Used to read a lot of Enid Blyton when I was a kid. Famouse five, secret seven and stuff like that. *****

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          I think my step-son will love this book! Great lens... Squid Angel Blessed!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I loved this book. I could not put it down... ever!!! I literally read it straight through. It made me think really hard, instead of those dumb books that tell you what to think and say. It inspired me to do more puzzles, and alongside the M.B.S. I did all of the puzzles. The characters are wonderful, and I instantly fell in love with all of them, even Constance! Did everyone find Nicholas as Mr. Benedict's first name? And who can tell me when the sequel comes out?

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This is my favorite book I have all of the books. Me and my friends created a club.

          Bey the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Bey the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Do it now

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I have been looking for a good book that's just right for me & I found it! This is one of

          the best books I have read in awhile I have to say... I would recommend this to anyone that loves reading, is an advanced reader, & loves interesting adventurous books! Thank you Trenton for writing this book, And I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book over my Vacation.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I love rthis book it is so awesome!!!! Constance reminds me so much of myself because i am so freaking stubern but i also take charge when its my time.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I absoulutly love this book. I read a lot of books but this one was refreshing. I love it when..... I love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great story ever.

          Open my mind about so many thing that I must learn,

          about family, about friendship, about knowledge, about people, about behave,

          about life.

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          Susan 8 years ago from Texas

          [in reply to Hayley] I'm glad you enjoyed it. Funny, but I wasn't that thrilled with the second one either.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!! (which for me, is pretty good. I'm only 11 and have read hundreds of books) I recommend it to EVERYONE AND ANYBODY!!!!!!!! But I didn't like the sequel that much.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          i totally agree!! my friend said that they have a third book coming out in October. Can't wait!! I even wrote my monthly assignment (a book review) in L.A. about this. its such an AMAZING book!! I couldn't out it down!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          the book is awesome i think it's the best ever written and even though it looks complex it's a very special book to me becuz it's got a good adventure story

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Nicely done review; here's a case where the cover can really add something to the book. I thought the artwork particularly on the $6.99 book was interesting. Blessed!

          Brenda

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Good book

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This book was so good! I couldn't put it down and I read it four times already.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          [in reply to Amanda] You could probably just google morse code, but if you really want to know, its the first name of someone in the book.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Your asking if you can pass the test, the book makes it sound complex. If you know the patern (or puzzle) You'll pass the second test. After the story was published though, mr. benedict has altered the test a bit.If you are smart and cunning, you'll pass like me. Join the mysterious Benedict Society! Now!

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          Susan 8 years ago from Texas

          @Horsechild22 - check out the website I have listed on this page for the Curiosity Chronicle. Not sure where the other site might be or have gone, but that's the one you want.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          It wasn't very hard to figure out the code; the right characters were all hidden within the book. What I'M confused about is: where in the world is the website??? On the back of the book it says: mysteriousbenedictsociety.com, and the address doesn't exist. Is there some kind of secret code to THAT?

          Loved the book!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Could someone tell me what the morse code on the back cover translates to? I really want to know! Thanks so much =]

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          NICHOLAS is his name took me for ever to find out but i went to this camp that taught us morse code yah PEACE OUT!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          look, i cant figure out what the puzzle is at the end, so can someone please tell me the key to the code?

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          awesome book

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          Mark-Nehs 8 years ago

          Loved it. We read as a family. Thanks.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          this is the ABSOLUTE best book ever... LOVE ure site!

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