The Mysterious Benedict Society vs. N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society

In today’s Teen Book Battle I’m pulling a couple of awesome titles from the Juvenile shelves. Meet our contenders:

The Mysterious Benedict Society



On the left we have The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.


On the right we have N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society.

The Mysterious Benedict Society introduces us to the orphaned urchin Reynie Muldoon, whose life as a weird outcast seems firmly established until he happens across an advertisement seeking gifted and talented children. The advertisement brings him to a test that changes his life and gives him some clever friends that will help uncover a treacherous plot at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Using quick thinking, strategic problem solving, a few codes and a bit of luck the gang puts their smarts to the test!

N.E.R.D.S. introduces us to the golden boy turned outcast Jackson Jones. Jackson used to be one of the cool kids, popular, lucky and witty- often at the expense of other classmates. Unfortunately for Jackson his days as the favored jock come to an end and he is re-branded an outcast. While he is out of the spotlight Jackson begins to notice other kids that seem to be pretty invisible and when he follows them he uncovers N.E.R.D.S.

Both books have elements of James Bond for tweenagers. The Mysterious Benedict Society takes a more serious approach, while N.E.R.D.S. is laugh-out-loud funny at times. Both books are quite marvelous in their own ways, for a younger tween I’d suggest N.E.R.D.S. and for anyone older The Mysterious Benedict Society is an excellent choice!!