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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
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Feb 01, 09

bookshelves: youth, fiction, own, fantasy
Read in January, 2009, read count: 1

This is a decent book about of a team of extraordinary children who are out to save the world from an evil genius. The first half of the book deals with discovering the characters, the initial tests that the children go through, and the assembly of the team (the "society" of the title) by their benefactor, Mr. Benedict. The second half of the book deals with the Society's mission to disrupt the plans of the evil Mr. Curtain, who is running a private academy on a remote island as a cover for his plans to take over the world.

The first portion of the book where we learn about the children and the team's mission is very entertaining. The second portion, where the children go to the island, undercover, posing as students, is somewhat less intriguing. This second portion seems to drag on too long. Plus, Mr. Curtain's plans to take over the world never really made sense to me, they seemed a bit too contrived. Still, it's a good read, if a bit too long.

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