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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Lemony Snicket and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, this first book in the bestselling, award-winning Mysterious Benedict Society Series is not to be missed!

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children—two boys and two girls—succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

©2008 Trenton Lee Stewart (P)2022 Little, Brown Young Readers

Critic Reviews

"Great cast of characters, lots of cool puzzles and mysteries. This book reminded me of some of the better children's books I grew up with, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Phantom Tollbooth."—Rick Riordan
"Begins with a bang... resembles the otherwordly experience of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure."—School Library Journal, starred review

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Great Mystery for kids or students

I really enjoyed this story and it’s narrator. The story grabs the attention of the reader quickly and doesn’t stop there. It was a very intriguing blend of good characters, mysteries to be solved, and descriptions. This would be a great add to any teacher’s library.

I liked the narrator’s voice, but do enjoy those who add more variety to the character’s voices. Sometimes it was hard to decipher who was talking. Other than that, it was an enjoyable voice to listen to, which is high on my list for audible books.

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Very entertaining

This book is very entertaining and keeps your attention. It is enjoyable for youth and adults. Great for a long family car ride. The narrator’s voice is very pleasant.