the mysterious benedict society: the perilous journey and the prisoner’s dilemma

When a first novel is as charmingly imaginative as Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society is, it’s a tall order for the subsequent books in the series to be on the same level.  But with The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, Stewart delivers cleverly constructed adventures in quite the same vein as the Society’s debut.

The most noteworthy aspect of the Mysterious Benedict Society is Stewart’s creation of a highly colorful cast of characters.  With the second and third installments, he introduces new ones, but also offers further development of those we’ve already come to love or, in a few cases, loathe.  The four children who make up the society — Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance — have always been quirkily precocious, but as their adventures together continue, they become more of a team while also honing their individual skills. 

Their interactions are at the core of the books; though their relationships with the surrounding adults certainly add value to the story, the books are at their most exciting when the action centers on the children.  This factor makes the Perilous Journey, in which the children are on their own for more of the book than in Prisoner’s Dilemma, the stronger of the two sequels, but both are highly enjoyable reads that any fan of The Mysterious Benedict Society  should appreciate.

WHO: Trenton Lee Stewart
WHAT: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey; The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
WHERE: Received as Christmas gifts
WHEN: January 2010
WHY: Loved the prequel
HOW: Hard copy

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~ by Molly on January 19, 2010.

One Response to “the mysterious benedict society: the perilous journey and the prisoner’s dilemma”

  1. Hi Molly!
    I absolutely love theses books! I love how Trenton Lee Stewart makes you feel as if you are actually in the book! Check out my blog, http://www.bookieblogger.wordpress.com. I posted a blog about the first Mysterious Benedict Society.
    From one book lover to the next,
    -Shelf Master

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