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The Mysterious Benedict Society – Current Read Aloud

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We have a long car ride in store for the family today, which means plenty of time for us to make a little more headway in our current read aloud, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. We’ve put a wee bit of a dent in it, but this is a pretty good-sized book {nearly 500 pages long!}. I’ll admit that it’s a bit daunting to be at the beginning and be reading it out loud to the kids {ahem}.

In The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will meet Reynie, a young boy that is intelligent and answers a newspaper ad that reads: “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” He responds to the ad, along with dozens of other children, and takes multiple tests that will make you think to solve the puzzles along with the characters in the story.

The Mysterious Benedict Society came highly recommended to us from some friends, so when I found a set of the series {oh…there are two other equally lengthy books that follow!}, I picked them all up and added them to our reading pile for this year. So far we are having fun trying to figure out the puzzles in the storyline along with the characters and guess what will happen next.

Reading Level – Ages 8 and up.

MBS Book 1 MBS Book 2 MBS Book 3 MBS Book 4

With the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a book and read. What books are you currently reading together as a family? Leave a comment and chime in!


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Here are a few of the books that we’ve read and enjoyed recently:

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  1. We read it a while ago and absolutely loved it! It was a cute story with adorable characters and a great lesson about self-control, liberty and free will. We have only read the first one though.

  2. Milk & Honey Mommy says

    I just added this book to my son’s required reading list for the school year. Maybe, I need to pull it off of his list and add it to our read-a-loud list. I will let my older two read the rest of the series independently. Thank you for sharing book info because as they get older, it is more difficult to (they read so fast too) pre-read a book before I hand it over to them.

    • We were laughing so hard this morning and the kids were quoting lines all day from the book after reading in the car this morning. LOVE it – and so much fun as a read aloud!

  3. Laura Letiecq says

    I believe my oldest is currently reading one of these, not sure if it is the first one. We are currently reading aloud The Phantom Tollbooth. Now to find the movie somewhere to watch….

  4. We have read the whole series and love every one of them. Our library has them on CD, so the kids (and Mom) get to listen while we do dishes, cook dinner and clean the house. The CDs are on the wishlist for the kids for Christmas.

  5. I agree with the previous comment about Audio CD’s we love them! It is fun to get to listen with the kids and now always read that way we can listen in the car when I am driving which is fun for all of us! We are currently reading the Trumpet of the swan. Reading books together is such a fun part of our day.

  6. Great series!!! We loved them all and listened to the on audio as well. Stewart has recently (April,’12) written a prequel that deals with Mr. Benedict’s childhood. It is great as well!

  7. Thanks for the rec. We’ve just started reading aloud. It’s been fun reading and laughing together.

    • I have just as much fun reading the books to the kids too – some of them I wouldn’t have read {or haven’t read before} that we’ve loved! and the snuggle time is fun too!

  8. This looks like a cute series! Now I have something to spend my reward points on amazon. :-)

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