The Mysterious Benedict Society is Back!



Well, I was putting in some late night requests at the library site - some books we haven't yet purchased but want to reread, write about, etc., when the event I've been waiting for has happened! I can't believe I didn't know it was coming out, but in all fairness, life is pretty busy and I can't always be up on all my fave books and authors!


Age Range: 8 +

Interest Level: Kids, Mids, Teens, Adults

Readability: 5th-6th grade levels



So, I was requesting a few books that Cenz and I were planning to blog about when I typed in Trenton Lee Stewart's name. He's the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series which are some of my very favorite books ever! - I'm a huge fan!). Well, imagine my surprise when I saw that there is a new book coming out!!


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart is the latest installation in the series that captivated both kids and adults alike! Reynie, Sticky, Kate & Constance are back! Joined by a new member, the Society must once again band together to solve problems, outwit villains and keep out of the way of danger!




I remember specifically my first encounter with this remarkable series. My daughter and I were sitting with our usual pile of books at our local bookseller- perusing, reading a bit, trying to choose. I had a copy of The Mysterious Benedict Society in hand and wanted to take a look. I liked the title and the cover art was cool!



About a minute into my reading, I looked up to see a kid about ten years old standing in front of me looking at me. I was a little taken aback- wondering why this smallish bookstore patron was staring at me when he announced to me, "That is a really good book!" and walked away.




That alone would have been interesting...but it happened two more times! So, three kids (none of whom I knew), went out of their way to express their wholehearted enthusiasm for The Mysterious Benedict Society! Well, I was sold!




Those kids were spot on! These books are absolutely some of my favorites! Whenever my daughter asks me, "What are your favorite books?" - The Mysterious Benedict Society books are always in the mix. Clever story lines, remarkable characters, fantastic writing, twists, surprises, puzzles, bad guys, good guys--it's got it all!



So, in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm super thrilled and cannot wait to read The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages! This is the kind of excited where we hop in the car and beeline to the bookstore to get our hands on a copy! It's like an impromptu holiday-usually followed up with celebratory special treats and such!




So, if you aren't already familiar with The Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart, now is a good time to give them a go! If you have the time, start with the first one and continue on. But, I understand if you like to go with latest release; either way, you won't be disappointed! And if you have read the others, enjoy the latest! Read on!


Here are some Fun things to do to make your time with The Mysterious Benedict Society a 3-D experience!


1. Go to the website for The Mysterious Benedict Society!

Find out more about the other books in the series as well as meet the characters and Trenton Lee Stewart! http://www.mysteriousbenedictsociety.com/




2. Learn Morse Code!

Visit this site to find everything you need to become as skilled as Reynie and Sticky!

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/morse-code/


Morse Code Mnemonic Chart from Girl Guides Handbook 1916


3. Play some Trivial Pursuit!

Sticky Washington remembers everything and is a wiz at trivia! Try your hand at a game of Trivial Pursuit! There are a variety of versions- pick the edition that works for you!



4. Learn about the Peregrine Falcon!



Check out this site where you can find out more about Kate Wetherall's pet and partner from The Perilous Journey: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/id


5. Go on a Scavenger Hunt!

The Society members go on an international scavenger hunt in their second adventure: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey!

There are so many fun ways to do a scavenger hunt! Inside or out, at the mall or in nature, the possibilities are endless!

Check out this great site if you need some ideas! http://www.mykidsadventures.com/scavenger-hunt-ideas/


6. Come up with a Name for Your 'Society!'

Have a group of friends that need a solid name? Make like the Society and seal the deal with a cool name to identify with!



7. Like Puzzles and Brain Teasers like Reynie does?

How many can you solve? Take a look at The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums!


8. Have some Pie!

After all of those activities above, you're probably hungry! Well, we always like to have some kind of snack or meal to go along with our book fun! Pie is just the thing! (Kate's circus acquaintance makes some great pies in the second book!)



Here's a fantastic recipe that I love! I've made it and can attest to it's deliciousness!

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12682/apple-pie-by-grandma-ople/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=Search&clickId=cardslot%201


Enjoy this latest adventure! Log in and tell us what you thought about it!

April


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