Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Publisher: Little, Brown
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search--a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids' adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.
With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all--a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.
My Summary: It's been a year since the Mysterious Benedict Society discovered the evil Mr. Curtain's plans to take over the world and foiled any chances he had of doing so. Reynie, Sticky, Constance and Kate haven't seen each other in almost six months but have kept in touch. After each receives an invitation from Mr. Benedict and a cryptic description of some sort of adventure, the group reunites at Mr. Benedict's home... only to find that he and Number Two have been kidnapped by none other than Mr. Curtain. Now with less than a week to rescue their mentor, the gang sets off on an adventure that will take them halfway around the world and test their bond like never before.
My Thoughts: Another awesome read from Trenton Lee Stewart! He has this amazing talent - he can weave a plot together, and it's all so subtle that you never feel overwhelmed. There was an amazing amount of character growth in this installment - especially with Constance, who I think is probably my favourite character at this point - and as promised, the Mysterious Benedict Society grew closer than ever.
The writing was flawless as usually, although some of the descriptions were a tad over zealous - I personally didn't mind, but others might. I also loved that the writing doesn't talk down to the reader. I'll definitely be continuing with the series.
Final Thoughts: I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series, and to anyone who enjoyed reading the works of Lemony Snicket and Ronald Dahl. If you haven't checked out the series yet - or are looking for something for your child to read - I definitely think this is a series you should check out.