The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Reviewed by Rhea Kohli
Eleven-year-old orphan, Reynie Muldoon, sees an ad in the newspaper asking, “Are you a gift child looking for special opportunities?” Reynie is convinced he is. Many other children are taking this test about bravery, logic, etc. Does he stand a chance? While he doubts himself, he passes all but the last test. He has to go through a maze and ring a bell. When he finishes this, he meets three other children who have also passed these series of tests. Finally they meet Mr. Benedict, a narcoleptic who lives behind the maze and before he knows it, he’s off to the Learning Institute of the Very Enlightened on a very important mission. He is sent with George “Sticky” Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire. They must find and stop the man who wants to control the minds of people throughout the world with his evil machine. This seems very hard for even four gifted children.
To find out what happens next, read The Mysterious Benedict Society.