The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

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By (author) Trenton Lee Stewart, Illustrated by Diana Sudyka

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 193mm x 28mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0316045500
  • ISBN 13: 9780316045506
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,975

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Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance embark on a daring new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each other. When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before. Filled with page-turning action and mind-bending brain teasers, this wildly inventive journey is sure to delight.

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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the New York Times "bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series as well as Flood Summer," a novel for adults. He lives in Arkansas with his wife and two sons. Diana Sudyka received a Masters of Fine Art from Northwestern University. She lives and works in Chicago as an artist.

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By Tarissa 07 Oct 2014 4

A grand (and, dare I say it, creative) adventure! I think anyone might enjoy joining forces with Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance in their quest to save the world from Ledroptha Curtain. The Society has been living with their beloved Mr. Benedict, along with all their families, to keep safe from Mr. Curtain. But Mr. Curtain is on the move and desperately trying to get his greedy hands on the Whisperer machine. With it, he could use mind-control and take over the world for his own use. (Although I may not approve of all the mind-sweeping and such... it's still a delightful book!)

I'm hoping that the author will end up writing another story about the Society one day.

By TeensReadToo 13 Jun 2011 5

Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are at it again, taking risks and solving riddles with or without the help of their friend, Mr. Benedict. It seems Mr. Curtain, Mr. Benedict's evil twin, is plotting once more to take control, this time targeting the minds of the world leaders by means of the Whisperer.

In this newest adventure, the children have been made prisoners in their own home (Mr. Benedict's home, that is) at the hands of their guardians, as well as Mr. Benedict, in hopes of keeping them safe from Mr. Curtain and his Ten Men, the evil thugs who do Mr. Curtain's bidding. Even the adults have to don disguises in order to venture into town.

But that doesn't keep these eager young kids from getting out or the Ten Men from getting in, which is exactly what happens when the city of Stonetown is suddenly plunged into darkness by a mysterious power outage.

Trenton Lee Stewart thrills again with the third installment of THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, where his four adventuresome protagonists find themselves following new leads, exposing new suspects, and discovering Constance's new gift, which has the occupants of Mr. Benedict's home a little on edge. However, in the end, it's Constance's gift that saves the day, when the children must come up with their own plan to rescue Mr. Benedict and their guardians.

I enjoyed this story, even without the benefit of having read the first two installments, and plan to dig into the first and second book before the excitement of this wonderful middle-grade adventure wears off.

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Praise for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma: -"Fresh and frightfully funny." - "School Library Journal" -"The good-versus-evil plot balances the warmth of family connections with the excitement of deathly peril." - "The Horn Book"