April 21, 2009

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trinton Lee Stewart

Wickle and son introduced me to The Mysterious Benedict Society. After reading the first one I couldn't wait to read the second book entitled The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey.

The second book did not disappoint. In fact, in some ways I thought it was better than the first one. For example, Constance is less annoying. (Whether because she is more mature or I just understand her better, I am unsure.) And in this story they all have families instead of being all alone in the world.

Like the first book, Perilous Journey showcases how giftedness comes in various forms and sizes. We are shown that bravery isn't being fearless. Love is shown as requiring personal sacrifice.

The only thing that I found annoying was that there wasn't more violence at the end. But I suppose that you can't have kids blowing people up in a book meant for kids. And I suppose if all the villains were dead, there wouldn't be a book three. (Its coming out in October 2009. :) I already have it on my wishlist.)

I think this series will appeal to rather intellectual kids (and grownups that don't think kidlit is beneath them). There is lots of clue finding and problem solving (though less Morse code) just like in the first book. It is rather a long book, but well worth every page.

I give this book 5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, thanks! I'm glad that you liked it.

    I have a copy, now. My son is trying to get me to read it. Maybe what I really need to do is check the batteries in the flashlight and read it properly.

    Hmmm ...


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