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!