Book Fair Earnings

Yesterday was a lucky day for the library. We received half of our shipment of books from Mrs. Nelson’s Bookstore. Thanks to the amazing book fair turn out we had enough credit to add around 150 new books. Let me tell you, this falcon was giddy with excitement and absolutely gorged herself on book shopping! So you may be asking yourself, “well what did we get?” Among the cool new books on sports, dancing, animals, biographies, picture books and chapter books, we added the rest of the Mysterious Benedict Society series. Today I want to talk about Trenton Lee Stewart’s brilliant books of mystery. 

When I first picked up The Mysterious Benedict Society I was only mildly interested in the book. But, so many SP students had recommended it I wanted to see what all the excitement was about. I should listen to the advice of the students more often!!!! I could not put the book down! The characters Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance are some of the most lovable characters I have ever encountered. Each child is an outcast yet, they entertain and delight everyone who truly gets to know them.  After the book was finished and the mystery solved I wanted to read more and so did the SP students.

Well kiddos thanks to book fair earnings we now have The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey AND The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma as part of our collection. Three cheers for Mr. Benedict and his children. Two more adventures are in store for you and I!

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  1. Are these appropriate as a read-aloud for my Kindergartener? I bought them for my nieces who are 11 and 12 because I figured the reading level was advanced but the subject matter appropriate (a combo I have trouble finding these days!) and they loved them. Mark loves all the Beverly Cleary books (we've read them all at least twice and I'd like to move on to something else) and I am always looking for interesting chapter books to read to him that are engaging for me as well.

  2. What a wonderful question! I agree, it is difficult to find appropriate material at a child's reading level. The Mysterious Benedict series are adventure books as well as mysteries. I have only read the first one and can only comment on that specific book so far. The only major concern I would have is the violence. While it is fairly innocent there are descriptions of fistfights as well as emotional intimidation. Perhaps your kindergartener will not really understand some of the concepts in the book but they will encounter violence. Since you will be reading the book with them it could be the perfect time to share your views on the world and some of its cruelties. This is a tough call because the book is fairly innocent yet it dips its toes into more mature material that some parents may not want to introduce their younger children to. Hope this helps!

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