The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society written by Trenton Lee Stewart contains not just one but two characters with narcolepsy and cataplexy. I am not going to give away who, that will be for you to find out. The MBS have been likened to Harry Potter but I see few similarities. I think this book is better than Harry Potter. There is no Hogwarts, silly owls, chocolate frogs or wands!
The Mysterious Benedict Society is well written, albeit a bit slow in the beginning, but it not only entertains it also asks the reader questions of an existential nature. It deals with being an orphan, bonding with peers, power on a small and large-scale and disabilities.
The School Library Journal writes ” For fans of Roald Dahl…a blend of kid power. clues and adventure…”. It is nearer Roald Dahl than Harry P with dash of Enid Blyton thrown in just for fun. When a peculiar advertisement appears in the newspaper for children to take part in a secret mission, children everywhere sit a series of mysterious tests. In the end, just four children succeed:Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance. They have three things in common: they are all honest, all remarkably talented and all orphans. They must go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened where the only rule is that there are no rules. There they must work as a team to save not only themselves, but also the world outside the walls. The book was written for 12 year olds but I think most people would enjoy reading about the children uncovering horrific secrets that draws the mind to George Orwell’s 1984. I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait until I get my hands on the sequels: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey – The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.