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|Mysterious Benedict Society And The Riddle Of Ages|
Author: Stewart, Trenton Lee
With the Ten Men on the loose and a telepathic enemy tracking them, Kate, Reynie, Sticky, and Constance must join with a new Society member to keep their world safe.
Mysterious Benedict Society, Bk. 4
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/19)
Booklist (+) (05/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2019 *Starred Review* The Mysterious Benedict Society is back! The cast has aged, but the criminal contingency, amped-up action, and derring-do remain the same. Now teenagers, bright-bulb Reynie, intrepid Kate, and Sticky, he of the photographic memory, have the biggest fight ever on their hands. All of the bad guys from previous books (a baker's dozen of them) have returned with revenge on their minds and nefarious plans in their pockets, along with all sorts of instruments of evil. Also in attendance is the ever-contrary Constance Contraire, now a preteen, and with her is a telepath like herself, the adorable, five-year-old Tai. There's no point in trying to describe the ins and outs of the adventure, other than to say that at times it's convoluted but always high octane. What Stewart does so well here is hearken back to the first book, where the characters were introduced and readers got inside their heads and their evolving relationships. Now old enough to think about lives outside the Society, Reynie, Sticky, and Kate are doing just that. But the notion that things might and can change, depending on their own decisions, brings a new awkwardness to their relationships, along with the trepidation that even kids who aren't geniuses face. And then there are the telepaths: Constance, who's as obnoxious and angry as ever, though this time she's tempered by discovering her true feelings; and the pure sweetness that is Tai. A welcome return full of the right stuff. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This highly acclaimed, beloved series has legions of fans, and this latest installment is getting an impressive marketing campaign to build further buzz. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.