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When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful 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. 

As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?


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Trenton Lee Stewart

Trenton Lee Stewart

1970 -
Trenton Lee Stewart, graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Mysterious Benedict Society and t... See more
Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis

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The Mysterious Benedict Society
Reviewed by Sherry Early
Can four children infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E.), find out what Mr. Curtain is doing, how he is doing it, and how to stop him before he takes over the world?

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Plumfield and Paideia

Mysterious Benedict Society Series
Reviewed by Sara Masarik
The Mysterious Benedict Society series of books chronicles the friendship of four unique children (three of whom are presumed to be orphans, and the other is a runaway) as they are recruited by Nicholas Benedict to do a job that only uniquely gifted and special kids can do. This exciting and intelligent book series celebrates the good that happens when people of differing gifts work together for a common good. And, because much of the story centers on riddles and puzzles, the reader is challenged to solve the riddles for himself as he reads. Read our full review for more detail and to learn about the rest of the MBS books.

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