2009: 81. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

“On a bright September morning, when most children his age were fretting over fractions and decimal points, a boy named Reynie Muldoon was walking down a dusty road.”

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Trenton Lee Stewart

This is the sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society,* and it is quite like the first - four bright children solve a mysterious through their combined intelligence and gumption.  In this mystery, the children, who have been separated for a year since their last adventures, come back together upon their benefactor, Mr. Benedict’s request.  Mr. Benedict has planned big adventure for the children, but his plans for a fun time are overtaken when Mr. Benedict is kidnapped.  Only the children can help to rescue him, and the book details their attempt to do so.  Like the first book, it’s fun because it has to do with bright children using their bravery and smarts to do so - and think book had more emotional resonance to me than the first (for example, Reynie needs to struggle with trusting people).  However, I still find the books to be derivative of other series - and I think the characters are a bit thin, since, with the exception of Reynie they seem to be sometimes be a little interchangeable.  Books I’d recommend to my children but not to adults.

* And a big change of pace from The Wings of the Dove, eh?

Date/Place Completed:  June 2009; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Library Book

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017