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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
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Dec 06, 11

Read in December, 2011

This book was just fun. In it, the Mysterious Benedict Society of super-talented children goes on yet another mission to save their beloved Mr. Benedict, and, indeed, the world, from the evil Mr. Curtain. I do love how these books really prize knowledge, in a less-snarky way than the Series of Unfortunate Events. SPOILER ALERT! I have some qualms about the ending, in which Kate refuses to toss an explosive at Mr. Curtain and his associates, as they drive away. She decides that she is going to be like her father, Milligan, who believes that he will become just like a villain should he kill any of the evildoers. That’s all well and good, but does it not occur to anyone that if she had tossed the explosive, the world would be a safer place for all? That’s probably too big of a message for the audience of this book, though--they can get to it when they read The Hunger Games in a few years.
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