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Adventure! Excitement! Office Supplies!
The young members of The Mysterious Benedict Society are back for another adventure! Picking up a year after the events of the first novel, the multi-talented foursome reunite for a international scavenger hunt with their benefactor, Mr. Benedict. However, things instantly go wrong when Mr. Benedict and his assistant Number Two are kidnapped by the evil Mr. Curtain. It's up to Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance to rescue them, and save the world (again) in the process. Traveling by train, bicycle, seaplane, and the world's fastest cargo ship, the four solve bizarre puzzles and learn more about themselves and Mr. Benedict along the way. The children get help from an assortment of strange adults while trying to outrun the sinister Ten Men, who wield briefcases full of deadly office supplies worthy of a James Bond film.
The stakes are higher and the situations more dangerous than in the first novel, and there's more explicit violence as Stewart ratchets up the action in the last half of the book. On the other hand, there's a lot more character development this time around and some startling revelations about all four of the children, especially 3-year-old girl genius Constance. Fans of the first novel won't be disappointed, and best of all, the ending leaves the series wide open for more Benedict sequels. JOIN THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY AT YOUR OWN RISK!
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey