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  • The entire premise of the story is rather outlandish but it's fun and interesting

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      The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey is the sequel to the delightful and popular children’s novel, the Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. In this sequel, the characters gather for the second time, each a bit older and a bit more aware of themself. The characters still feel a bit like caricatures, especially the secondary characters, who, with the exception of one teenage boy, are each clearly a good guy

      or a bad guy. The bad guys are very bad and hurt people without caring. The good guys are good in a thoughtful way.

      Each of the characters has a clear talent or trait, and this is the characteristic you see the most. It would feel limiting but because there are so many characters and they interact so much, it makes the book seem vivid. The entire premise of the story is rather outlandish but it’s fun and interesting. Reynie is still the thoughtful one who can figure things out, Sticky (George) is still smart and yet overlooks basic things, Kate is still the most physically adept and resourceful, but Connie is the child who has changed the most - she’s more aware of others, has newfound skills, and is more concerned about protecting her new family. The children are more patient with each other and try ...

      • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey novel
      harder to work together, which feels like a natural progression.

      The puzzles that are set to the children don’t feel as interesting as those of the first book but they do use more of the children’s individual abilities so they work a bit better, perhaps. The fact that you don’t know who exactly is following the children as they set out or which adults they can trust does make things more exciting as in

      both the first and the third book the adults’ sides were pretty clear.

      I read the third book before I read this book but other than the fact that I knew they’d survive - and really, it’s a children’s book, of course they are going to survive - it didn’t feel like you had to have read the second book. So even if you read this series out of order you can still enjoy the books.

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