The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages (#4)

Author(s): Trenton Lee Stewart

Middle Fiction

The brilliant and beloved gang from the New York Times bestselling series is back.


The Mysterious Benedict Society is a modern classic, drawing comparisons to J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl, named a Time magazine "Best Young Adult Book of All Time," and selling over three million copies.


Some time has passed since the inimitable quartet of Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have had a mission together. But with the arrival of a new Society member -- and a new threat -- they must reunite to face dilemmas more dangerous than ever before, including the villainous Mr. Curtain and a telepathic enemy tracking their every move, not to mention a dramatically preteen Constance.


In its triumphant return, the Society encounters all new challenges, but the series' trademark sly humor, sweet camaraderie, hairsbreadth escapes, and mind-bending puzzles are all as engaging as ever. Fans of the series will be thrilled to see the Society has grown up a little with them, while a new generation of readers will fall in love with these irresistible adventures.

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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.

When deadly minions of archvillain Ledroptha Curtain escape from prison, the talented young protégés of his twin brother, Nicholas Benedict, reunite for a new round of desperate ploys and ingenious trickery. Stewart sets the reunion of cerebral Reynie Muldoon Perumal, hypercapable Kate Wetherall, shy scientific genius George "Sticky" Washington, and spectacularly sullen telepath Constance Contraire a few years after the previous episode, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (2009). Providing relief from the quartet's continual internecine squabbling and self-analysis, he trucks in Tai Li, a grubby, precociously verbal 5-year-old orphan who also happens to be telepathic. (Just to even the playing field a bit, the bad guys get a telepath too.) Series fans will know to be patient in wading through all the angst, arguments, and flurries of significant nose-tapping (occasionally in unison), for when the main action does at long last get under way--the five don't even set out from Mr. Benedict's mansion together until more than halfway through--the Society returns to Nomansan Island (get it?), the site of their first mission, for chases, narrow squeaks, hastily revised stratagems, and heroic exploits that culminate in a characteristically byzantine whirl of climactic twists, triumphs, and revelations. Except for brown-skinned George and olive-complected, presumably Asian-descended Tai, the central cast defaults to white; Reynie's adoptive mother is South Asian. Clever as ever--if slow off the mark--and positively laden with tics, quirks, and puns. (Fiction. 11-13) COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

General Fields

  • : 9780316452649
  • : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • : September 2019
  • : 1.55 Inches X 6 Inches X 8.6 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Manu Montoya
  • : English
  • : 400
  • : Trenton Lee Stewart
  • : Hardback