The Mysterious Benedict Society

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Author: Stewart, Trenton Lee
Grades: 5 - 8
Sequential series. 2 boys and 2 girls, all orphans or runaways, pass a test in order to be sent undercover to a mysterious school and foil a plot to take over the world.

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Review Date Title Rating Mini Series Series No. Comments
05/24/2018 The Mysterious Benedict Society Acceptable
2 boys and 2 girls, all orphans or runaways, pass a test in order to be sent undercover to a mysterious school and foil a plot to take over the world.
05/24/2018 The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Generally Acceptable
Children go on a voyage to save their friends. A lot of non-romantic negiah between friends, eg: a hug when they are happy to see each other, taking a hand to save a friend, etc. One sentence unimportant mention that one of the boys briefly had a girlfriend (p. 34). Girl calls newly found father by first name because that's what she called him before she knew the truth. Minor language: stupid, jerk.
05/24/2018 The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma Generally Acceptable
Children are captured and conspire to save themselves and the world. Some good guy vs. bad guy violence as in other books in this series. Non-romantic negiah. Non -religious mention of Santa Claus. Language: wimpy, stupid, dumb, creep, idiot, dimwit, gross,
05/24/2018 The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict Generally Acceptable
A prequel to the Mysterious Benedict Society series. Story about the sad childhood of the founder and how he overcame many obstacles to succeed. Bullies in orphanage are terribly cruel to boy and the others go along with it out of fear besides one boy who stands up to them.Boy decides that cook and housekeeper are in love, but isn't sure how to help them admit it- nothing much happens between them other than stuttering, stammering, and being red in the face when they talk to each other. Boys befriend a deaf girl- nonromantic negiah. Language- shut up. nitwit, moron, blasted, idiot, stupid, dumb.