Monday, November 1, 2010

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Mysterious Benedict Society (and a Giveaway!!!)

Okay, before I get distracted by gushing about awesome middle grade, I have a quick aside. WriteOnCon has announced our November Live Event--and trust me guys, it's gonna be awesome. Click here for the full deets--and don't forget to mark your calendars.

All right. now get ready for some gushing and raving. Behold: THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY. I've featured this series once before--in my Middle Grade Spotlight--but I wanted to give it a whole post because I love love LOVE this series.



I <3 this cover so much. In fact, the reason I picked up the book in the first place was the cover. (Okay, fine, I loved how thick it was. I love brick-thick middle grade). But then I read the blurb and I was sold.

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities?
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. 

As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all? 

Welcome to the mysterious benedict society.

Yeah, I know. It's awesome. Not to mention it's got kind of a James Bond-meets-Dystopian-meets-Middle Grade with a snappy narrative style and a ton of fun and mystery. Basically, I couldn't put it down. And the characters! Four very unique kids with four very distinct voices--each chosen by Mr. Benedict because of their special skills and abilities. It's impossible to choose a favorite.

I could really go on and on and on about how much I love the series. But...I think you'd be much better off reading it yourself. So I'm giving away a copy to one lucky commenter!

Sadly it's not signed--I have yet to stalk track down Trenton Lee Stewart at a signing. But this is a very special book even without the signature--and once again I'm going to keep the contest nice and simple. 

As long as you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 5th, you'll be entered to win.  I'll draw a lucky winner and post their name on Saturday, November 6th. Contest open internationally.

Want to hear about more fabulous Middle Grade? The sweet and lovely Myrna Foster did her own Marvelous Middle Grade Monday this week--and she's featuring a book that is STILL at the top of my TBR pile (I must must MUST find time to read it). Hop over to her blog and check out her thoughts on Rick Riordan's THE LOST HERO.* 

Oh, and don't forget to enter to win a signed ARC of THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA by Tony DiTerlizzi. Contest runs through Friday as well. 

Happy Monday everyone!

*If you decide to do your own Marvelous Middle Grade Monday Feature feel free to let me know--I'd be more than happy to cross link you. The more attention we can give middle grade--the better!

40 comments:

  1. I know. This series is awesome. Still haven't picked up this first book, but for some reason I have the second one. Haven't read it yet, though. I bought it to give away on my blog. Haven't done that yet, either. Yikes! I better get with the program. LOL

    Thanks for offering this.

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  2. It sounds great. Enter me in the contest please. And I'm glad you're trying to get others to do your Monday feature too. What a great idea.

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  3. I haven't read an MG in so long. This sounds perfectly adorable. I'd love to read it :)

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  4. I've only read the first and loved it. So want my son to pick this up.

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  5. So weird. All this time I thought I was following your/this blog and apparently I wasn't. Now I know why I felt so incomplete. We middle grade writers need each other! Look forward to reading this book. Thanks!

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  6. I LOVE long books. The longer the better. This is another one that sounds great, thanks Shannon.

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  7. You r review convinced me to add this book to my TBR list. I hope I win.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  8. Kids have the bestest books written for them - truly!! yay!!!! Good luck to all those entering!!!

    And good luck stalking- er - tracking down Trenten!! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  9. I can't wait to read this series!! Teaching/being taught by gifted kiddos really draws me towards this one! Thanks for offering it! :) WOOHOO!! Happy Monday!

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  10. This book sounds so interesting. Can't wait to read it.

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  11. Shannon, I gotta say again, you're doing an amazing thing for MG. Thanks for setting the example.

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  12. +JMJ+

    Well, yes, I am a gifted (sort of) child looking for special opportunities . . . Oh, you weren't asking me? =P

    I've wanted to start this new series ever since I saw the cover for the first time. There's something about that house. Who wouldn't want to be a gifted kid in a place like that???

    Please enter me in this giveaway, Shannon. =) Thanks again--and as always, really--for making this international.

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  13. This book has been on my TBR list forever, and I can't for the life of me come up with an excuse why I haven't read it yet...if I had it in my hands, I would be forced to act responsibly and read it immediately :) (hint, hint) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. Ok so you know I've been wanting to read more MG and this book sounds perfect! Definitely count me in. :D

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  15. My students love this series! I really struggled with getting someone to try it, a kid finally broke down and tried it... now we can't keep it in the library.
    Have you tried The Name Of This Book Is Secret?

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  16. I already have this book so don't enter me! I saw it in the store just after you had posted about it, and I was also sold by awesome plot summary and thickness of it (and your review!) so I had to get it. :) I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but it's coming up very soon in my to-read pile!!! Can't wait!

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  17. Sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the great review! :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  18. I have been meaning to read this one for ages! I finally convinced my son to read it and he loved it! One of these days I'll get to it... :-)

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  19. Oh! This sounds brilliant. I also love the cover - but I think that's because the house resembles my dream home :-P

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  20. The book looks beautiful. I'd love to read it.

    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  21. I'd love to play please :D

    I follow your blog.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I follow!

    And I'd love a copy of that book.

    :o)

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  23. I'd like to be entered! I've heard great things about this series but haven't read it yet.

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  24. Awesome cover! I love looking at covers. You can always tell if it's for MG or YA or adults just by looking at it.

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  25. This book was releasead here in Brazil last month... looks so cool <3 And the illustration, so prety, aaawn. Please count me in the giveaway!

    iieonegai(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. I've been meaning to pick this one up for over a year. The cover just begs to be picked up.

    Thanks for the linkage!

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  27. I'm always on the lookout for MG books! THANKS!


    taffy.lovell@gmail.com

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  28. Hey, this looks good! Count me in! (Thanks for highlight all these awesome MGs, Shannon!) :)

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  29. I love the summary! How does a place have no rules and where can I find the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened?

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  30. I love this book! Count me in please :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  31. My son and I loved reading this book together. So don't enter me -- we already have it. But excellent choice :)

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  32. I love that cover, too! So gorgeous!

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  33. I absolutely love MMMs, though my TBR pile continues to grow. Sisters Grimm just arrived in my mailbox, which I grabbed based on your recommendation. It's such a beautiful edition, I can't wait to get started.

    I've been looking at this series for a while. Looks like my wallet might need to suffer a little longer (unless I win, you never know--thank you SO much for making these internationsl).

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  34. I would love to win this! It's been on my TBR for a long time. :)

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  35. This is such a fun book. Read it with my kids a year or two ago and then picked up the second book and read through it with them as well. We keep intending to get to book 3 but first they want to finish up Percy Jackson (we're on Last Olympian now).

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  36. What an awesome looking cover! Sounds like a great book!

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  37. Oh, excellent! This sounds really good - I love the blurb! Thanks for the giveaway, and thanks for giving middle grade the attention it deserves! If I ever do a middle grade Monday feature - which I might, once NaNo is over - I'll be sure to let you know.

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  38. Count me in! Midgrade is definitely where my heart is :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  39. I love Middle Grade books, and I had not heard of this one yet! I am excited! Thanks for sharing!
    seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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  40. Yay. I'm not too late to enter!

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