The Mysterious Benedict Society follows the adventures of Child Prodigy Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon, circus runaway Kate Weatherhall, Constance Contraire, and George "Sticky" Washington, a boy with a photographic memory. The books feature a mixture of high adventure, philosophy and intellectual challenges, as well as a number of science fiction elements.The books were extremely well-reviewed as well as best-sellers. There were a total of three books in the series, making it a trilogy—The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma. The final book resolved all remaining plot threads, ending the main series. A prequel titled The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, featuring a childhood adventure of Nicholas Benedict, was published in 2012. A companion book, Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums, was released in 2011. It features a number of puzzles based on the series and characters, as well as supplementary material such as character profiles, and a preview of Extraordinary Education.
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