NPR Back-Seat Book Club: The Mysterious Benedict Society

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has selected a best-selling, eccentric adventure for March: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a curious story, indeed! It all starts with several children answering the following newspaper ad: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Once the chosen few have passed a series of bizarre tests, they are trained, their special gifts are sharpened, and they are set for – what else – an undercover mission to stop evil!

Read this book and you'll learn about everything from Morse Code to recognizing that every individual has something to contribute. You'll solve clues, you'll be amazed, you'll want to start your own secret society! Remember, the only rule is that there are no rules.

To participate, read the book then send your questions to NPR. Learn more on the NPR website (and read a sample chapter) and stay tuned for Trenton Lee Stewart answering questions on All Things Considered at the end of March!

Written by angela on March 5, 2012



We listened to this book on a cross country road trip with our 8 & 11 year old nieces and we all loved it!

Galen on March 7, 2012


it's a great read, but it has a frayed edge. just get absorbed in the series.

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