Monday, September 22, 2014

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

After returning home with the Whisperer, Reynie's adopted mother and grandmother, Kate's father, Sticky's parents, and Constance all move into Mr. Benedict's home. But the happy household is disrupted by several government officials who demand the Whisperer be surrendered into their hands. Mr. Benedict ignores their forceful pleas until he can fully examine the Whisperer's power and operation. While the children's families are out of the house, Mr. Curtain's gang steals the Whisperer. Later, the children are kidnapped by Mr. Curtain's men and taken to be subjected to his Whisperer again.

Stewart brings his spectacular series to a fulfilling conclusion as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and Mr. Benedict work together to finally thwart Mr. Curtain's plans. In all the books, there is a reoccurring theme of not misjudging others. For example, Constance can be very uncooperative and negative. Her attitude sometimes makes it difficult for the other kids to work with her. But once Reynie, Kate, and Sticky give her a chance to explain her past, they are able to better understand and respect her amazing capabilities. This is the final book showcasing the four children as the main characters, but there is a prequel called, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.

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