Reviews for Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

AudioFile Reviews 2008 December/January 2009
Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance, incredible individually and unstoppable as a team, are back! Adventure and excitement abound in this thrilling puzzler. In an international scavenger hunt the foursome use their talents to save Mr. Benedict from his evil twin, Mr. Curtain. Del Roy's calm, clear narration is reassuring and carries listeners through the unfolding drama. Pacing and inflection both capture the range of emotions of the young protagonists. Listeners will also enjoy the interactions of the characters, especially the humorously deadpan contributions of Constance Contraire, who is always pointing out the obvious. Ample background information ensures that this listening experience, part of a series, also stands on it own. J.K.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 March

Gr 5-7--In this charming sequel to Trenton Lee Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society (Little, Brown, 2007; Listening Library, 2007), Kate, Reynie, Sticky and Constance, who haven't seen each other for months, are thrilled when Mr. Benedict invites them on an elaborate ocean-crossing scavenger hunt. But when they arrive at Mr. Benedict's home, they discover that he has been kidnapped by his evil twin brother, Mr. Curtain. The foursome embark on the scavenger hunt, believing it will lead them to Mr. Benedict. They cross the ocean and stop in Portugal and Holland before landing on a mysterious island in the North Sea. The children use their own particular gift to find Mr. Benedict and save the day. Del Roy's gravel-voiced narration reinforces the tone of the story. While this tale can stand on its own, fans of the first episode will flock to this sequel.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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