Middle Grade Mondays: Mysterious Benedict Society Defines Difference in Upper and Lower Middle Grade Fiction

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart I had some trouble with this book, but I don’t want to mislead possible readers. I think it’s a charming book for younger readers, just not my cup of tea. One concern is that it reads like a younger middle grade novel, yet it’s quite a long book at almost 500 pages and the world-domination plan might be too much for them to wrap their heads around. I think the story could have been generously edited, primarily taking out superfluous explanations and numerous redundancies, and made a much tighter book. As it stands, I think the length of it might throw people off, expecting a more mature story. One good thing about reading this, though, is that it helps me to further define the difference...