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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, book-group, own, ya
Read in February, 2012

I've been reading the Harry Potter series with my older kids, and I started this book looking for another children's series that I could devour. Unfortunately, this wasn't it for me. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this book. I did! It was creative and clever. But I never felt like I just couldn't put the book down. That being said, though, I did look forward to reading it. It's just that I felt like I could read a few chapters here and there, and be satisfied for the time being. I suppose I was hoping for big mysteries and marvels in the story, but the problem the children were given to solve just wasn't overly interesting to me. I did enjoy reading about the children and how they interacted with each other. I liked that that they each brought their own gifts to the group, and they wouldn't have been able to succeed without each other. I think my kids would enjoy this book, and I'll probably continue on with the series.
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Jennifer That's totally how I felt. The book had some good elements and I enjoyed it (as did my kids) but it just wasn't a "can't-put-down." I have yet to find another children's "can't-put-down" besides Harry Potter. Fablehaven was good, but not quite on the level of HP. Ah, the search continues.

April So you didn't like Fablehaven as much as HP? My brother and his kids like it better... I read the first one, but haven't gotten to the others yet. I think it would scare my kids still right now. We'll have to wait to read it together.

Jennifer We all enjoyed Fablehaven, even Joel and Shannon. But, my youngers have been exposed to a lot more a lot sooner than my olders because I've been trying to keep everyone from the 14yo to the 6yo interested and happy. If it had been just Joel and Shannon, we wouldn't have read Fablehaven yet. Also, Shannon is older than Lillian, but I don't know how sensitive your kids are to stuff like that. I really enjoyed Fablehaven but if HP has been scaring your kids, then I'd probably hold off on it for awhile.

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