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The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)

Cut to the Chase:
Nice premise, fun characters and an interesting plot make for a wonderfully entertaining read. Though there are bits that were slow (there are 2-3 places where I really felt like the plot and pacing seemed to suddenly slow down) and also parts that were ultimately a bit predictable (though maybe less so if I weren’t an adult), it was a fun, interesting read. I think it’s great for middle-aged kids (the protagonists are in the 11-12ish range): especially ones that maybe feel a bit left out or not-completely-normal. There’s a fair bit of “let’s celebrate what makes us different” and a lot of small, fun adventures throughout. Despite the slower bits, I found it to be a quick and engrossing read overall, one that makes me interested in reading the rest of the series, and definitely one I’d recommend to elementary through maybe early middle school children.

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