Saturday, October 1, 2016

Book 29/30 | The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Want Harry Potter action in a Roald Dahl style? Then this book is for you. At nearly 480 pages (for a children's book, I think it is quite long), the plot of the first book in a series of three, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart could have been summed up in about 250 pages. That said, the writing is great with endearing characters in an interesting setting. And that's what kept me going until the very end. It is a story of four gifted children who are hand-picked via a series of exams and puzzles by Mr. Benedict to defeat an evil mastermind who is all set to spread sorrow and destroy the world. Though the story line drags at some points, overall it is an immersive read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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