Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Recently, two really great kids (thank you Tati and John) independently recommended a book series to me.  So I took their advice and started reading!   This series involves four smart kids who've been enlisted by a kind genius (Mr. Benedict) to go on a mission and outsmart an evil mastermind (Mr. Curtain) who wants to take over the world.

Let me introduce you to The Mysterious Benedict Society, and a world full of adventures, mysteries and puzzles. Parents will be happy that these books are as much about friendship and family as they are about adventure.

Calling all kids, ages 11-14:  If you're intelligent, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, the Society could probably use your help (but don't worry - if you don't know Morse Code, you'll learn it in this book!)

What would you do if you saw this peculiar ad in your local newspaper...

"ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD looking for special opportunities?"

In Trenton Lee Stewart's book, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests.  But in the end only four very special children — two boys and two girls —  succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish this they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (otherwise known as L.I.V.E. - EVIL, spelled backwards!), where the only rule is that "THERE ARE NO RULES".

But what the children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than paper, books and pencils. As the four brave heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to look to each other for support -- and answers.

Visit The Mysterious Benedict Society website here.
The Mysterious Benedict Society, first published in 2007, is the first in a series that also includes The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner's Dilemma, The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas and Curious Conundrums and the recently published The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.


  1. Thank you so much, I've just ordered it!

  2. Me too, me too! I've been meaning to read this for a while, but your post has finally spurred me on to order it from the library. thanks!