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The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.
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Sarah83
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I finished this one during a hot day in my flat under the roof today. I can't deal with this heat... 😭😭😭
So I sat on the ground in my library, which is the coolest room in the whole flat.
This book was first a pick, which turned into a so-so while I read the book.
The book itself was pretty nice, it's about some kids, who try to stop an evil adult, but at some parts the book was too nerving and too condescended to the reader... 🤪

LiljaPleasant I really liked the book. Have the second book on my tbr pile. 😁 2w
Sarah83 @LiljaPleasant the second and the third book are on my tbr aswell. 🤩 2w
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Sarah83
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The week is done, so happy about it... So it's another Friday and another #fridayreads 😍😍😍

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scripturient
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It‘s Sunday and I thought I‘d open a discussion thread for our #buddyread of The Mysterious Benedict Society. Soooo, how did you enjoy the first twenty chapters?? :)

Sarah83 They are really great even if I expected something completely different 😂🤩 1mo
scripturient I like the story but I have to say it‘s not totally blowing me away. It reminds me of Roald Dahl and also the Mister Lemoncello books but I‘m somehow missing the awesomeness of these. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Oh, and Constance is driving me insane!!! She reminds me of a former, very obnoxious colleague (both in character and appearance) and I‘m loathing her with a passion. 🤣🤣 (edited) 1mo
Sarah83 I think, it is often the problem, that many books are quite similar and you get the impression, that one author read the other author's book and made his own thing of it. There aren't so many good individual stories, that doesn't remind us... The book reminds me for example of 'the Incredibles' by Disney. 😂 1mo
ruskigurl16 @scripturient Constance, Constance, Constance. Ugh. But this is book one, so... 😉🤐 1mo
wordslinger42 I'm really loving the story! Constance definitely has her moments, but I'm reserving judgment until more of her story is revealed 😁 1mo
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Sarah83
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Time for my buddyread 🤩
Using my new favourite mug. 🤩 @GypsyKat it is so impressing to see, how fast you can discover the cat. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

GypsyKat I love it!!! 😁😁😁 1mo
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Sarah83
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Using the last daylight to start my buddyread section for today. 🤩 I already read my secret garden section and I started another book... 😕 How many books can one person read at one time?
How many books do you read at once?
Besides it's of course #fridayreads

wanderinglynn I normally have 3 going at a time: (1) physical, (2) e-book, & (3) audiobook. Sometimes I might have 2 physical books, but I prefer to finish one before starting another. 1mo
charl08 Depends what you mean by "reading": I always have lots that I've started, and might go back to! 1mo
Caterina I currently have around 16 books going I think? Wait, maybe 17... But they're all different! 😂 I keep a range of audiobooks, Kindle books, physical books, and at least one Serial Reader book on my phone going at all times. They range from nonfiction (from history to theology to memoir) to poetry, short stories, and other fiction. That way I always have the perfect book for a mood. 😊 I visit each one at least every 2 days. 1mo
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Crazeedi I used to do one at a time...now I have a basket with 8 or 10 I started, and really want to finish...and an ebook...and a physical book. I really dont like doing this but #blameitonlitsy, LOL😉💞 1mo
Crazeedi And I have to get a couple audiobooks to start with the #BFC challenge!! 1mo
BarbaraJean I usually have at least 3 or 4 in progress at any given time, and often up to 7 or 8! One audiobook, one nonfiction, one fiction, and lately one poetry as well. Then any “required” reading for book clubs and buddy reads, and this year I‘ve had assigned reading for a class at church, so it‘s gotten a little more out of control than normal! 1mo
batsy I used to be one book at a time reader, but with digital books it became more like two or three. Most always there's one in print and one digital book going at the same time :) 1mo
twohectobooks For me I like to have two going at a time. Sometimes I get impatient to start new things and end up with three or four but that always stresses me out so I try not to let myself do it. 1mo
wordslinger42 I'm usually reading 4 or 5 at a time! I'm a mood reader, so I like being able to go back & forth between books, depending on what sounds good at the time! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I usually have two or three going at once, sometimes more. My mom used to say that was the sign of a true bookworm. 😄 1mo
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wordslinger42
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🎶 I don't have any guilty pleasure music! I like what I like #noshame 😁
❄ Winter!
📚 Fantasy/ Middle-Grade Fantasy
🍕 Homemade taco pizza
✏ Will do!
#friyayintro @howjessreads

RvnclawWhovian Taco pizza?! Two of my favorite hinges combined haha 1mo
wordslinger42 @RvnclawWhovian It was so yummy! We did homemade queso for the sauce & then added salsa, sour cream, etc once it was out of the oven 1mo
Jerdencon Taco pizza sounds great! 1mo
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speljamr I've done homemade taco pizza as well. It's delicious. 1mo
cobwebmoth Taco pizza sounds really good right now.😊 1mo
readingjedi The taco pizza sounds amazing! 🌮🍕🌮🍕 1mo
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wordslinger42
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I'm enjoying some outdoor reading today! On the list today is the next chapter in #LOTRHistory & the tagged book for my #buddyread with @scripturient @Sarah83 & @curiouserandcurioser 😊

scripturient Wohee! 😁🙌🏻 1mo
Sarah83 Yes 🤩 1mo
Daisey Sounds amazing! 1mo
JazzFeathers You busy bee 🐝😁 1mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers Haha yes! And I'm detetmined not to fall behind this time! 😅 1mo
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Sarah83
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And since one buddyread isn't enough I start my second one with @scripturient also today. 🤩😘

Gissy Love the mug and that bookmark! 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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scripturient
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Day 1 of my #buddyread with @Sarah83 - I‘m ready to read the first few pages tonight. :)

wordslinger42 I've been meaning to read this one for awhile! His book, The Secret Keeper, was wonderful! 1mo
Lova I really enjoyed this one. 1mo
scripturient @wordslinger42 Feel free to join our buddy read!!! 😊 1mo
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wordslinger42 @scripturient I'd love to!! My mom, @curiouserandcurioser would love to also! 😄 What's the schedule? 1mo
scripturient @wordslinger42 The more, the merrier. :) We only said we‘d read about twenty chapters a week which would be about 200 pages, I think. Would that work for you? Should we post a discussion thread on Sundays, @Sarah83 ? 1mo
wordslinger42 @scripturient Sounds great!! 😊 1mo
scripturient @wordslinger42 👍🏻🙌🏻😊 1mo
Sarah83 My edition has about 530 pages. Chapter 20 ends at page 286 😁 1mo
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twohectobooks
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This is a fun middle grade novel about a group of gifted children who are recruited by a man named Mr. Benedict through a series of puzzles and tests. Most synopses stop there but the bulk of the book is their mission to foil an evil plot. I enjoyed the book and liked the characters but the whole time I was reading I couldn‘t help thinking how LONG this is compared to typical middle grade.

TheAromaofBooks This is definitely one of my faves. I enjoyed the rest of the series as well 1mo
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twohectobooks
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Was just settling in with Jacques for our Saturday afternoon post-swim reading session when I realized that I have to be at a baby shower in less than an hour!! #catsoflitsy

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twohectobooks
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

This font is out of control. I read 2 as “nert up on nour tbr.”

1️⃣ Tagged plus Invisible Man
2️⃣ I‘m going to try rereading Spindle‘s End, and maybe Kate Mulgrew‘s memoir
3️⃣ Attack on Titan and Umbrella Academy if you count adaptations of comics (no spoilers plz!). If not.. it‘s been so long I don‘t remember!

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twohectobooks
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I like to read on Saturday afternoons following swim practice, but it always ends with me feeling very drowsy and lethargic.

#catsoflitsy Jacques can indulge in a nap because he doesn‘t have any housework to do.

BooknerdsLife I‘ve got this book from a charity shop and can‘t wait to read it 🤗 2mo
twohectobooks @BooknerdsLife I'm less than a hundred pages in, but so far I like it. It does seem possibly a bit long for a middle grade book, but we'll see! 2mo
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ruskigurl16
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Exciting, educational, emotional, and thoroughly enjoyable. I am so glad that I took my sisters recommendation and started this wonderful series. Friendship, perseverance, acceptance, and support are all the valuable lessons taught in this book. Plus, there is humor, there is action, and there is a huge adventure. #recentlyread #nospoilers #youngadult #fantasyfiction #24B4Mondaybook2 ❤️❤️😍

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Miadolce

“”Too bad we can‘t actually give them belly aches,” said Constance. Sticky‘s ears perked up. “Who says we can‘t?” He said”

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Miadolce
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I like this book because it‘s almost interactive when you‘re reading it. It takes you on a journey with these kids who take mind-bending tests to test their wits, but only 4 can succeed. It explore loyalty and friendship, while keeping the story magical and mysterious

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cchernitsky

“He was grateful- that being friends meant no longer being in danger”

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cchernitsky

Seems like a really fun and interesting book that‘s also interactive. Could be a great “breather” throughout the day

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cchernitsky
Pickpick

Publication Date: 2007
Who is the book intended for: older children
Storyline: An ad appears in the newspaper for children to take a series of peculiar tests- only 4 children will succeed

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erincox
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I would love to read this book! When we found this book, a few kids in class said they loved this series when they were kids! I am very curious to see what some of the tests are!

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erincox
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An ad shows up in newspapers and dozens of kids enroll to take a series of mind bending test. Only 4 children do it successfully.

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Ke633
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#FriYayIntro @howjessreads
1. I live on a college campus. I don‘t have a home really or a neighborhood. 🤷🏼‍♀️
2. Not really. I miss living in cities. I get bored easily in small towns with just Walmarts
3. Tagged
4. During the work week- usually in the evening
During the weekend- anytime
On holiday- constantly 😌
5. Probably leftovers. Maybe fish tacos. 🤷🏼‍♀️ too early to decide. 😂

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monalyisha
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Last night, I had a horrific nightmare that I was being chased by a rapist/killer, but I took the time to grab a book before escaping into a secret passageway. I thought, “I might be in there for awhile, y‘know?”

It was The Mysterious Benedict Society. I made sure I grabbed the first in the series. 🤷‍♀️

#priorities

kgriffith Eep! 5mo
Craftylikefox Yikes! 😳 5mo
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catebutler Crazy dream! Although I think that was quite intuitive if you to grab a book! 😄 5mo
valeriegeary You do what you gotta do to survive. 🔪📚😂 5mo
HippieChickHomeschool Have you heard another book in the series is coming soon? 5mo
monalyisha @HippieChickHomeschool I weirdly have not even read the first one! 5mo
HippieChickHomeschool That‘s crazy! Maybe it‘s a sign you need to read it 😂😂😂 5mo
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meltedsquirrel
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I don't want to tell her that she's not actually helping.

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BookaholicNatty
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Book Haul from this past week! I‘m excited because Where‘d You Go Bernadette is a book club pick we have coming up!Tempted is one I needed to finish the House of Night Series.Does anyone else love this series? The land of stories is also one I needed to finish the series set!Fablehaven I fell in love with because of @Madamereginald and I‘m glad to have it in hardback now!And The Ring and the Crown and all the others looked like really good reads!

Madamereginald Fantastic book haul!! Love Love Love that you found Fablehaven in hard back! ❤️ 8mo
lauralovesbooks1 That is a fantastic haul! 8mo
Velvetfur Wow that's a great haul! 8mo
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abbielistenstobooks What a haul! I read Mysterious Benedict Society to my kid years ago! I should re-read it, right? 8mo
EmilyReadsEverything So many good books! 8mo
Stacy_31 Great haul!! I loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!!! 8mo
Nute Fabulous! 8mo
BooknerdsLife Amazing book haul there 😍😍😍 8mo
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MeganAnn
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1/3: Axton and I had a fun bookish afternoon today! First stop was the used book store with our #Bookhaul pictured. Most of these we will read together, the tagged book is one of the titles on his Battle of the Books list, and the Secret Chord is for me because I absolutely loved her novel “People of the Book.”

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jtorch2
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Pickpick

Interesting and suspenseful.

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amyrohn
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Pickpick

Just finished rereading this one since my roommate works at Hachette and got it on discount 😁Words can't describe how much I love this series. It's so wholesome and is quintessential YA, but any age can enjoy it. I love solving the puzzles with the characters, even though I've read it so many times. And apparently the next book is in the works, can't wait!!

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Andydear
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It's taking me a while to get through this one, though not from lack of interest.
I enjoy the characters and writing style, but one of my least favorite tropes are wrapped tightly around the plot so... it might be a while. 📚 🕰

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Athenazeus2005
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This book was amazing. I loved how the author drew you in and made the book witty and intelligent. Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are all amazing people to read about!

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Ke633
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BookaholicNatty ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
BookaholicNatty Love the yellow cover mine is white 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Your teapot 👌💙 13mo
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GripLitGrl
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Prairiegirl_reading I guess I should move this up on my tbr. It‘s been there a while. 13mo
overtheedge I have wanted to read this! 13mo
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smilingshelves
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Birthday party is over and cleaned up. Time to relax with a book! #25infive
@Andrew65

Andrew65 😊👍 1y
rebeccarvincent Such a fun read! I‘m looking forward to reading the next one one of these days! 1y
smilingshelves @rebeccarvincent Me, too! I finally picked up the first one because I bought books two and three and figured it was time to start the series. It was a fun book! 1y
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smilingshelves
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Well, this is all the reading I got in today. Hopefully I can sneak in more tomorrow after the craziness of my son's birthday party! #25infive
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Happy Birthday to your son 🎂. 😊 1y
smilingshelves @Andrew65 Thank you! ☺ 1y
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smilingshelves
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I cannot resist a readathon! I know I'm joining in a day late, and I also know I'm not going to get close to 25 hours. I've got book club at my house tonight and my son's birthday party tomorrow. But I'll sneak in as much reading as I can! I'm hoping to finish the tagged book today. #25infive
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JoScho Well I started yesterday and only clocked an hour 😂 1y
Andrew65 Welcome to the challenge, the taking part is definitely more important than getting to the 25 hours. 😊 1y
smilingshelves @Andrew65 Low pressure readathons are the best! Thanks! 1y
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smilingshelves @JoScho Sounds like a good start to me! 😀 1y
Andrew65 @smilingshelves @JoScho Every hour counts and you have to start somewhere. 😊 (edited) 1y
darklydreaming Oh man I'm just seeing this now myself! I'll join but likely won't reach 25 hours. Thanks for sharing!! 1y
BucklingBookshelves This is a really fun idea for a readathon I haven‘t seen before! And happy birthday to your little guy! Can‘t believe yours is turning 2 and mine 3 already :) 1y
smilingshelves @darklydreaming Glad I could spread the readathon addiction! Hope you have fun with whatever reading you get in! 1y
smilingshelves @Bucklingbkshelf Doesn't it sound fun? I tried to resist, but it was just too intriguing! Thanks! Happy birthday to yours as well, whenever his is in April. They're getting so old! 😊 1y
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ShookBelf
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JoScho Love the cover. It looks so fun. 1y
CSeydel I have not seen that cover! Nice! Hope you enjoy 🤞🏻 1y
CSeydel Speaking of which, last night I dug out my copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and placed it prominently on my TBR shelf. #freakyfriday 1y
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Carolhreads Beautiful 1y
Clwojick Ohhhhhhh! Stack stack stack! ☺️ 1y
swatreads This cover😍😍😍omg!! 1y
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BookaholicNatty
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Another off the charts YA book that I think everyone should enjoy at least once. I haven‘t read the entire series. I gifted this book to a 13 year old girl teenager for Christmas and it was a big big hit!!

Maria514626 Oh, this one is marvelous! 1y
Texreader I enjoyed this one too! 1y
PictureandBook Just started it! My daughters loved it 1y
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Lacythebookworm The author is a patron at the public library where I used to work. Super nice guy! 1y
ParkerGray I remember reading this one when I was a kid and absolutely loving it. 1y
BookaholicNatty @Lacythebookworm that is awesome!!!!!! Did people come up to Him all the time when he was in there? 1y
Lacythebookworm Not really! He‘s a very down to earth, laid back guy. 1y
EnglishLove I have started this book several times and haven't ever made it past the first few chapters. I want to love it, but I get sidetracked by other books so easily! 1y
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MisterWhitaker
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Decided to give this one a relisten. I want to finish the series and it's been so long since I read it. Still enjoyable!

BookaholicNatty I want to read this series! I gifted it to a teenage for Christmas and she adored it! 1y
MisterWhitaker @BookaholicNatty you should! I'm enjoying this second listen! It's so satisfying. 1y
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jenniemayfield
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So good! I can‘t wait to read the next one. Excellent for young readers.

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AngieAvers
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Whew, this was a rather long book for this age group. It reminds me of the story in A Series of Unfortunate Events, not in the writing style, though. The story is based on farcical elements. Two characters who play lead roles in the story could be perfectly portrayed by Steve Martin of this ever makes it to a streaming or cinematic platform. If he were playing those roles, I would absolutely watch it.

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Bourriquet76
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Listening on our long drive home! #audiobook

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Andrea313
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TK-421 Perfect ❤️ 2y
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Camille2
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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phyhill
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Fall break means reading aloud while the boy draws.

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AmySmalley
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I needed some fun YA lit after some heavier reads. 100 pages in.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
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QuietlyLaura
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I really enjoyed this book! It's an interesting and suspenseful story with likable characters who discover that each person is unique and valuable. I look forward to the rest of the series! #middlegrade

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