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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings
ISBN:0316057800
LANGUAGE:English

"Both of my kids adored the first Mysterious Benedict Society book so they clamored to have me read them this one, the second, as soon as possible. Luckily enough, Nana & Pop supplied us with a copy. This story takes up a year after the events of the first story. The four kids of the MBS are reunited for what promises to be a fun surprise from Mr. Benedict only to find that Mr. Benedict and Number Two have been abducted by Mr. Curtain and his minions. So it's a rescue mission. I read about a chapter per night to the kids (about 30 minutes of reading) and they were always clamoring for me to read more. Naturally they're keen to read the third book in the series. Good thing a little bird told me that Luke will get it soon as a birthday present. " said.

"I loved it! I'm so glad that I found this in my stack of library books! I had been really indecisive about what to read next.
The story was very interesting and kept me hooked the whole time! It seemed a little slow towards the end, but I think that was just because I've had almost no time to read the past few days.
I just have to say how much I love Mr. Benedict and he reminds me so much of Dumbledore from Harry Potter. I love Milligan too. He's so sweet!
I think that if you've read the first book, you really should read this one too It's just as exciting and mysterious as the first! I really hope to read the third one soon.
I'd say this is a good book for ages 11 and up, but if someone reads it to them, I think 7 or 8 and up would enjoy it a lot too. :)
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"Not as good as the first book in the series, but still amazing. I haven't read this book since far too many years ago (unlike the first one), so it was awesome to rediscover the parts I remembered and the huge chunks of the book I had no recollection of.

This time around, I really enjoyed Reynie and Constance's new character arcs, and the developing sibling-like friendship between the two of them, as well as between each of the four children, all of whom I adore. And Milligan, Mr. Benedict, and the rest of their friends are always favorites as well!

I felt that the omniscient POV in the first book was very skilled and enjoyable, but it got on my nerves a little more often in the sequel, and didn't seem quite as smooth. I also had one huge nitpick about children and parents negotiating over obedience, and justifying disobedience in the face of danger (the time that obedience is essential), but I won't go on a rant even though I could.

Definitely a worthy sequel, and I'm excited to reread the third book of the original trilogy and to read the soon-to-be-published sequel for the first time.
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"Trenton Lee Stewart did it again! The second adventure of The Mysterious Benedict Society is just as clever and fun as the first! In fact, I would say I enjoyed the adventure a bit more, especially since I had a better understanding of Nicholas Benedict and his clever clues.


This adventure starts off as a reunion of sorts for the four child prodigies: Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance. However, what had originally been intended on a vacation with a challenging twist, turned into a life-saving mission for the man that brought the four children together.


I truly enjoyed Stewart's further development and exploration of the children's personalities and talents. I felt as though I were watching the four adventurers grow up and discover themselves. Quarrels and squabbles occur between the four of them that make the dynamics of their friendship all the more realistic. Much like siblings, the four truly care about each other, but sometimes their strong-willed temperaments win out over affection.


As an adult, my only complaint, is that I sometimes (okay, most of the time) can't figure out the puzzles until the character explains his or her thought process to the rest of the group. While I find this fact extremely frustrating -- because I'm a grown up ;o) -- Stewart has taken care of this potential issue for more youthful readers. Through the voice of Mr. Benedict, he lets the characters (and the reader) know that we all have special talents. It is through working together that everyone's talents are celebrated and the importance of those talents recognized.
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" This is an ok book that I didn't really like. It is the 2nd book in a series about 4 children that go through a series of adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books " said.

" My second read of this book, and still love it! Excitement and mystery are great things to have in a book! " said.

" The Mysterious Benedict Society go on another journey that not as suspenseful and exciting as the first one, but still had me on my toes. This book was a success. " said.

" I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot. The second is OK, but it didn't hold my attention as well as the first. Recommended for 8 to 12 year old who are interested in puzzles, treasure hunts, and life-and-death adventures. " said.

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