The Mysterious Benedict Society 2

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (MBSPJ) is the second installment following Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

Our four friends are back together again, this time to save Mr. Benedict, who has gone missing. After planning a wonderful surprise for the children, Mr. Benedict and Number 2 are kidnapped, and it’s up to Reynie and his friends to work together, sorting out clues, to find them before time runs out. This will take them on a long, dangerous international journey and requires all of their gifts to save their friends. We’re reunited with most of the major characters in the first novel, along with a number of new ones- not to mention more mystery and more puzzles.

Just as the first novel was clever and endearing, MBSPJ easily pulls in the reader and takes them right along for the ride. Each puzzle is outlined for the reader to solve- or try to solve- on their own. The MBS encounter more places, more people, and more puzzles than ever- and with their beloved Mr. Benedict in peril, the stakes may be even higher.

This book has all the wonderful qualities of the first, complete with a new story. Some of my favorite additional themes:

Trust and Honesty: How do you know if you can trust people? Is deception ever okay?

Loyalty: How far would loyalty take you, and how loyal is loyal?

Mercy, Justice, and the Greater Good: Without spoiling the plot, Kate has to make a fast decision about revenge, safety of others, mercy, and most importantly her own set of values.

Teamwork: Important in the first book as well, teamwork for these four may be even more important on this adventure. No one person could meet this lofty goal alone.

This book, just as the first, is Inklings Recommended, and is appropriate for ages 8 (ish) and above. Get ready for the humor, the puzzles, they mystery, and an even bigger adventure!

Soon to come (probably after Christmas): The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

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