Although I am a huge fan of this series overall, this sequel was not quite as impressive as the first novel (see my review for it here). It was a little slow to start- I wouldn't say I was completely captured (and by that I mean exclaiming aloud as I read) until about 300 pages in (for reference this book is 440 pages). My impatience for some action/more intellectual stimulation led me to pick up the book less often, resulting in a longer read time and therefore...more impatience. Once the story got going though, I was totally caught up in it. I loved that the four children's characters were developed a bit more in this book. There was conflict within each of them and their actions were reflecting their new depth, resulting in more dynamic relationships. In addition to that, the stakes were completely different (think personal rather than global) and the injuries sustained more serious- a definite draw for young male readers. I'll definitely be picking up the third installment at some point this year.
Recommended for grades 3-7 (ages 8-12).
Bottom Line Rating: 4/5
Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co., 2008
Price: $7.20 (Paperback, on Amazon)
Source: Public Library
Book # 6 of 2014