The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
My recommended reading age: 11 and up
Guided reading level: V
Grade level: 5.7
Lexile Level: 890L

Mr. Benedict has set up an exciting adventure designed to test the abilities of the Mysterious Benedict Society kids. Unfortunately, the best laid plans don't always work out, and the adventure trip becomes a quest to save Mr. Benedict himself.

This was a fun follow up to the first Mysterious Benedict book. From and adult perspective it did seem a little far fetched.  For example the kids never manage to get hit by the 10 men's weapons, and yet can take several of them out at once, but it is fiction and probably perfect for the target audience of 5th to 8th graders. There are several fight scenes, and the 10 men are pretty scary with weapons to match. Mr. Curtain and the kids that follow him are also pretty ruthless. We didn't love this book as much as the first, but it was still a definite read and we were first in line to pick up the last one.
Enjoy and Happy Reading!
~Becky and Liz

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