The show is based on a series, the first book of which has the same name, that follows four incredibly intelligent children, gathered by Mr. Benedict through a test advertised in the newspaper. Deadline describes the group infiltrating L.I.V.E. Institute to stop something called the Emergency, which, you guessed it, will endanger the world.
Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society is the perfect book (and now show) for anyone who:
– Likes mysteries.
– Enjoys reading about children that are considerably more competent than they are.
– Is passionate about morse code. (Really, there is a lot of morse code)
My main memory of the book is there being a short quiz at the back that had you answer somewhat difficult questions to figure out which of the children, Reynie, Sticky, Kate or Constance, you were like, and, with the show coming, I expect more like it to appear across the Internet, giving me opportunities to find without having to know morse code to do it. (My childhood self struggled and it is quite possible I am slightly bitter about it to this day)
So get your the Mysterious Benedict Society memorabilia – which I assume is a thing – ready, memorize your morse code, and refresh your memory on what actually happens in the books (If necessary of course. This is mostly a note to myself; the book first came out in 2007, ok?), because the show is coming, and it has five books worth of material to draw from, so it might be around for quite some time.