The Mysterious Benedict Society

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Gets you thinking, doesn’t it. As it did me. That’s why I picked up this book. Even if you are older, it makes you think. It would start the brain of anyone. You want to know what these special opportunities are.

Reynie lives in Stonetown orphanage, a diamond in the rough. He is much smarter than your average child, and is simply not challenged by the local school’s curriculum. But the orphanage director won’t allow him to go to an advanced school. He wants the money he gets from having Reynie around. So Reynie is taught by a private tutor who is like a mother to him. And one day, while they are reading the newspaper, she points out this ad. And he wants to find out about these special opportunities.

Sticky is a supergenius. Blows everyone else out of the water. Simply stunning. And his parents took him to all the Jeopardy-like competitions. And he wins all the time. The contests and the prizes get bigger and bigger, and the pressure on Sticky is finally too much. He runs away, but actually lives in his parent’s basement. He thinks about revealing his hiding place until he hears this : “…better off….” And he runs away for good. But then he hears about special opportunities.

Kate knows her father is alive. She just doesn’t know who or where he is. She was technically an orphan. But then she ran away to join the circus. Seriously. She is super athletic, and can do just about anything, due to her bucket, which she keeps at her side at all times. She keeps many incredibly useful things in there. And besides, bucket + water = instant ton of bricks. She is SuperWoman without the powers. That’s why she’s interested in special opportunities.

Constance Contraire, as her name suggests, is very contrary. She is cranky, annoying, insulting, and writes incredibly insulting poetry.  Many times you many find yourself asking, why is she even in this book? She seems to have no purpose but to annoy the main characters. But the midget, devilish, child is of extreme importance to the ending and the plot of the story. She provides special opportunities for the rest of the world.

Why do I keep talking about special opportunites? I certainly won’t tell you. You’ll have to read the book.

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  2. simrahmalik
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 17:15:44

    Reblogged this on simrahmalik and commented:
    One of my fave books!

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