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Mysterious Benedict Society Book Club, Part II

Mysterious Benedict Society Book Club

This afternoon my daughter and a few of her friends gathered for our book club. This month’s selection was, “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart.

I didn’t find a lot of ideas online about the book, but I found plenty of ideas when I began searching for brain games and secret agent parties. After a little big of digging around, I was inspired and I put together our book club plan!

A few days before the bookclub, a few special invitations were mailed:


Upon entering the room, each girl discovered a Top Secret folder waiting for them and “Kate Weatherall’s red bucket” filled with supplies for our book club.


The girls began by solving Rebus Puzzles in their folder while waiting for their friends.  Then we played around with solving them as a group.

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Next it was time for some “brain food”.  I have to admit.  I was a at a loss when planning food and snacks for this book club.  There wasn’t a whole lot of food in the plot of the book, other than Constance wanting candy for breakfast.  HA!  I started to look up food that was good for the brain and memory.  Inspired by these, “12 Superfoods to Boost your Brainpower,” I created a little buffet.


Blueberry muffins (blueberries), Guacamole and chips (avocado), walnuts, dark chocolate chips, and bread with dipping oil (olive oil).  Yum!


During our snack, we discussed the book.  We shared our favorite moments, biggest surprises, and the characters we would most like to have as a friend.  Inspired by the information on this site, we talked about the significance of character names.  Then we headed back to our buckets and folders.


Our next task was to make a secret decoder so we could send our partners in crime a hidden message.  Red cellophane is the perfect tool if a secret message is covered in red marker or crayon cross hatches.  I based our simple decoder on this tutorial for a decoder card.  After making them, the girls experimented with red markers and red crayons to hide their blue words.


The girls had a sheet of shapes in their folder to write secret messages in blue and cross hatch them with red.


Now, Kate’s red bucket would not be complete without a sling shot.  Ours wasn’t the traditional sling shot, but more of a marshmallow shooter.  The instructions were simple and we had a fun time trying to shoot the marshmallows into our red buckets.

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Finally, we used our pen lights to send one another messages in morse code.  Each girl had a sheet of morse code in their Top Secret folder.  We used them to send simple words and phrases to one another.



We never had time to get to my “if there is time left” codes, but I did find more fun codes online for anyone else planning a book club.

In the end, we had a fantastic time and memorable book club.  I hope each of the girls encountered this book on a more personal level that they won’t soon forget.

If you missed my periscope as I planned the night before book club, you can find it on this post.

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  • Reply Amanda - Raising da Vinci at

    This is awesome! We just read this book, I wish I had seen this before we finished it! We might have to re-read it! 🙂 Thanks for all your creativity!

    • Reply at

      Thanks Amanda!

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