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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society #2)

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Children you must not come stop dangerous
The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission: to go on a mind-bending international scavenger hunt designed to engage their individual talents. As they search for all the clues and riddles Mr. Benedict has hidden for them, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance face an unexpected
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Kindle Edition, 435 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sarah Munh I think this, too. I think that Reynie chose to trust Captain Noland because Mr. Benedict trusted him and the team had to save Mr. Benedict and Number…moreI think this, too. I think that Reynie chose to trust Captain Noland because Mr. Benedict trusted him and the team had to save Mr. Benedict and Number Two from Mr. Curtain. Also, Reynie knew that in order to save them, was to actually go on the adventure previously planned.(less)
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Paul
Apr 16, 2008 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow starter. When the author ties together a whole complete book, then he'll really have something, but the first book in this series was a strong starter and then trailed off, and this 2nd book is a slow starter and a poor (far too abrupt) finisher, but the middle section of the book really delivers.

I'd like to see more actual intelligence put down on the page as well. The four children are supposedly super intelligent, but Sticky's contributions are generally of the "he's super well read,
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Julie S.
I enjoyed the first book so much that I wanted to read this one shortly after. I was delighted to see more of the Mysterious Benedict Society since the story is so enjoyable, and the characters are so fun.

The illustrations that start each chapter are charming, and I loved the cover that tried to incorporate so many things from the book. The illustrator did a great job.

The author never talks down to his child audience. It is always a good sign when a children's author does not talk down to them.
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Hannah
Jun 22, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liesl, anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series
Shelves: kid-lit
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Salymar
Apr 06, 2014 Salymar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey is the second book in the series by Trenton Lee Stewart, following The Mysterious Benedict Society. This is one of the few series I hope will never end. When I read the first book in the series, I was completely blown away. I even compared it with the Harry Potter adventures and The Series of Unfortunate Events. There are lots of lessons to be learned, ‘outlook in life’ that must be observed by number of people and mind-blowing questions a ...more
swalterich
I was very excited to begin The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey as I am a big fan of its prequel. The first Mysterious Benedict Society was quirky and exciting, and had actual surprises, which, I find, few books do. This one, however, was a disappointment from the start, and I found the task of actually reading all 440 pages of it (which I did) a rather daunting task. Gone was the mystery and suspense that made the first book such a page turner and I realized that much of th ...more
Noemi claudine
This is the second mysterious benedict society and they are going on even crazier adventures. Mr.. Benedict has gone missing to find a plant called a dustwarth to cure his narcolepsy, and has left clues for the 4 children to follow him there. But when he is there he gets captured from his evil brother Ledropha Curtain and this dangerous team of Ten Men. When The children get this message and set of on the journey. Taking a crazy boat ride and going through the dangerous jungle of an island. The ...more
Kristin
Mar 22, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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 mi
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Uci
Penggemar seri petualangan anak-anak/remaja tentu tidak pernah lupa dengan Lima Sekawan, Trio Detektif, STOP atau Pasukan Mau Tahu. Kehebatan mereka membongkar kejahatan kerap membuat saya (yang ketika itu masih anak-anak) terkagum-kagum. Bagaimana dengan segala keterbatasan yang mereka miliki (sebagai anak-anak yang sering diremehkan), mereka berhasil mengungguli pihak berwajib dalam mengendus keberadaan para penjahat.

Seiring perkembangan zaman, para penjahat tentunya semakin canggih dan semaki
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Madi
Sep 09, 2015 Madi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bo
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Woodge
Feb 07, 2012 Woodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
HUURRYYCANE Reese
Lately, I have been reading “The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey” by Trenton Lee Stewart. It has a lot of cool insights as you read along. That is probably what I like the most about this book. It makes a couple twists and turns that I never saw coming. There are a lot of very exciting scenes. I like when the whole team works together because they are very efficient and accomplish some really cool things. The book is about a group of children who are trying to kind their ki ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
2.5

First let me say that, despite my rating, this wasn't a bad book. And I'm gonna be upfront that the book I'd wanted to read at the time wasn't available and I picked this as a back-up, so it's possible that it just didn't quite fill the gap.

That said - while I enjoyed the first book well enough, this one just didn't quite hit the same spot. Now, granted, I only gave the first book, like, 3.5, so it's not like I was blown away by it or anything, but I liked the mystery and there was some suspe
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Hafshie
Oh my my my! What an exhilarating perilous journey this book is.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with their gripping adventures!

In the first book, we saw how the members of The Mysterious Benedict Society met each other and how they were dragged into a very dangerous mission that led to the formation of their team and eventually their friendship . The book ended with the children being saved from the hands of Mr. Curtain, the villain, and with each child having found a real, loving family
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Madison
Mar 21, 2014 Madison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
Trenton Lee Stewart

A 12-year-old boy named Reynard (Reynie) Muldoon is going to a reunion with The Mysterious Benedict Society. The membes of The Mysterious Benedict Society are George (Sticky) Washington, Kate Weatherall, Constance Contraire, and of course, Reynie Muldoon.

The Mysterious Benedict Society’s leader, Mr. Benedict, has been captured by his evil twin, Mr. Curtain. They have no idea what the evill Mr. Curtain is up to.

The Mysteri
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Kayla M.
This book was a page turner full of adventure, fantasy, and riddles!
See video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOyQg...
Zahra
Jan 17, 2016 Zahra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After almost one year our heroes Reynard, Kate, Sticky and Constance unite to celebrate their 1st anniversary of the mysterious Benedict society. But as long as mr.Curtain is free trouble will be everywhere. In the last novel, our heroes separated mr.Curtain from his whisperer. So now some people might think he is helpless, but no, troubles lay ahead of them. Mr.Benedict was planning a scavenger hunt for the celebration, but somehow this scavenger hunt will be their only key into stopping mr.Cur ...more
Pamela
May 11, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think, for what it was, "young reader fiction", it was okay. The characters are interesting, the story idea is fun and I potentially exciting, but it is thouroughly underwhelming, over and over again. This is partially because the author is constantly telling you how "dangerous things are about to get." He continually (annoyingly) deflates the situation by sending the expectation too high. After this happens several times, it gets easy to put it down and forget about it. I know that nothing to ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
It’s been several months since the Society (Reynie, Kate, Sticky & Constance) had their first adventure in The Mysterious Benedict Society, and frankly, they’re bored! Nothing is going on until they each get an invitation from Mr. Benedict for a surprise reunion. Excited to be together again, the children happily head to Mr. Benedict’s house. When they arrive, his house is surrounded by policeman - something terrible has happened! Mr. Benedict and Number 2 have disappeared. The first clue, a ...more
Barbara ★
The four gifted children (Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance) are back for another adventure with Mr. Benedict. This is their one year reunion and Mr. Benedict has developed a sort of treasure hunt where the kids will be traveling all over the place (Portugal and the Netherlands specifically) following carefully laid clues in order to find a well-kept family secret that just might cure Mr. Benedict's narcolepsy. Unfortunately while laying clues, Mr. Benedict and Number Two are kidnapped by his e ...more
indri
Apr 24, 2010 indri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to indri by: lulu rahman
Shelves: a-gift
#2010-33#

Buku kedua petualangan anak-anak asuhan Mr. Benedict ini jelas lebih seru daripada yang pertama. Agak membosankan di awal, sama seperti awalan2 kisah perjalanan di seri buku lain, sebelum masuk ke petualangan sesungguhnya.

Alasan pertama adalah setting yang berpindah-pindah. Dari rumah Kate yang unik, ke rumah Mr. Benedict, lalu naik kapal menyeberangi Atlantik, sampai di Eropa, ke Belanda, mencari petunjuk, bertemu musuh-musuh lama, kastil, pulau, membuat irama petualangannya semakin se
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Megan
Genre: Children’s, YA, Science Fantasy

Synopsis: Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance were to go on a scavenger hunt around the world for their one year anniversary with Mr. Benedict. Unfortunately, Mr. Curtain comes back into the picture, and their hunt around the world becomes a race against time as they try to stop Curtain’s plans and save Mr. Benedict and Number Two.

Review:
I found the sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society as enjoyable as the first book. There are less puzzles to solve, but
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Stephanie
My Summary: It's been a year since the Mysterious Benedict Society discovered the evil Mr. Curtain's plans to take over the world and foiled any chances he had of doing so. Reynie, Sticky, Constance and Kate haven't seen each other in almost six months but have kept in touch. After each receives an invitation from Mr. Benedict and a cryptic description of some sort of adventure, the group reunites at Mr. Benedict's home... only to find that he and Number Two have been kidnapped by none other tha ...more
Ciara
i don't know. i wasn't that into the first book in the series, which is why i waited ten months before seeking out the second book. i only picked this up because i am running low on books i want to read at my local library. i'm finally hitting the wall where they are starting to not have the books i request more than 50% of the time. so i was like, "i guess i'll see what happens next for the mysterious benedict society."

this book takes place one year after the previous book wraps up. the childr
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Jelinas
Oct 12, 2009 Jelinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy sequel to the excellent start to this excellent series!

One of my favorite things about the series is that the characters are kind to each other for the most part.

One of my least favorite things about modern children's lit is that so many of the characters are filled with needless angst. They don't say things anymore; they scream them. They're often in an impossible position in which they alone can save the world, and they quickly morph from underdog kid heroes into brooding, emo babies
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Shawne
Oct 28, 2009 Shawne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I suspect Trenton Lee Stewart must have known that he was on to a good thing with his Benedict Society series - especially as the first was so very much the kind of book that would delight and mystify young children, while also not boring the adults who would have to read these books out loud until presumably their progeny fell into a dream-like stupor. With Perilous Journey, he takes the universe and characters first explored in the first book and expands their horizons, moving the story and th ...more
Cassandra
Jan 04, 2011 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually like sequels, books or movies. Especially when the endings happy and complete. Something gets lost in between the books. A character changes, the writing is different, their is a different mood. I loved this sequel! I thought it was just as funny and lighthearted as the first. They're on a quest to save Mr. Benedict,who was kidnapped by Mr. Curtain. (who else would?) The clues were clever and kept me looking out for hints the entire time. You get to like Reynie even more. (Which ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jun 05, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart the second in a three part series. Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance are reunited when Professor Benedict goes missing. It's assumed he's Mr. Curtain's prisoner. All they have to go on is a series of cryptic clues, clues that will take them across the ocean.

All in all I loved the book but it took a little too long to get started. The book opens with a reunion of most of the major characters. It's played out to be a
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Sam
May 14, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. I have read all of the books in this series, and this book is awesome. It has all the same characters al the previous book, with some new ones. It is full of adventure, mystery, and trickery. If you read the first book in the series, you should read this one. There is lots of suspense, including a possible solution for one of the problems of (view spoiler)
Alicia
Jan 18, 2010 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
WHY DOES NO ONE HAVE A REAL WEAPON!?!?! I mean, I understand that everyone is super smart and is using their talents blah blah blah. But why does everyone use pencils and neckties? Why doesn't anyone have a gun? Why is Milligan, a supposed government worker, going to an island full of dangerous men and past institute children without a weapon? I mean, he KNOWS these people are trying to kill him and the kids. Even in the first book he came upon a pack of them gang beating Kate. AND HE STILL DOES ...more
Connor
Aug 18, 2009 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All middle schoolers.
Recommended to Connor by: Me?
I read the first Mysterious Benedict Society for no reason at all, maybe because somebody recommended it to me, maybe because I thought it looked interesting. I can't remember, but I do remember loving it. So, when I heard there was a second one coming out, I hurried to my library and put it on hold.

I started reading it and thought it was a little strange. You probably would too, but in the end, I thought it was as good as the first, if maybe a little different.

The story, like the first one was
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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series for young readers, as well the adult novel Flood Summer. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” 309 likes
“Did the men steal the papers?" Reynie asked, fearing her response.
No, because they are fools," Sophie said bitterly. "They demanded to see the papers, and when I did not answer fast enough -- they were very frightening, you see -- they hurt me so that I was not awake. . . . When I opened my eyes they were still trying to find the papers. They did not understand how we organize the library, you see. They were angry and creating a bad mess. . . . The police were coming and the men decided they must leave. I shouted at them as they left: 'It is a free and public library! All you had to do was ask!”
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