The Mysterious Benedict Society -- Trenton Lee Stewart

I loved this book! Love, love, loved it! So even though things are still a bit hectic with the move I couldn't resist telling you about it.

It's about a bunch of smart kids who have to band together to stop evil. They come from all different walks of life, but have some strange similarities. It's wholesome, mysterious, hilarious and sharp. One of my favorite parts comes right near the beginning. I don't have the book on me, so I'll just tell it how I remember it: "'Anyone caught cheating will be executed.' The children gave a gasp. 'Oh, I'm sorry, did I say executed? I meant escorted from the room..."

I also loved the artwork -- the cover art is what drew me to the series in the first place. I couldn't stop looking at the cover of the second book and so I had to find the first book. Its cover and chapter-heading illustrations are excellent. I especially appreciate the calligraphy -- gorgeous! And of course the book is tasty too. I haven't read the second installment yet, but you can bet I'm going to. This is one that I'm looking to add to my personal library very soon!

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