The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Age Group: 4th-9th grade
Reny, Sticky, Kate and Constance are four highly intelligent children that who have been selected to be a part of the Mysterious Benedict Society after taking a series of cryptic tests. The challenge for the group is to infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, a special school located on an island. Their mental and physical strengths are pushed to the limit as they go deep undercover to uncover a most corrupt plot by the headmaster, Mr. Curtain.
I listened to this book on Audiocd, and it was a lot of fun. The four children are smart, funny and each has their own personality. Reny is the automatic leader, the quick thinker. Sticky memorizes everything he reads in an instant, but is shy and fidgety. Kate is a girl who carries around a bucket of tools and has a keen sense of perception when it comes to judging distances. Constance is incredibly short, stubborn and falls asleep a lot. The four of them work together well as they navigate their way through the LIVE and try to uncover the truth. They survive through the infamous waiting room, discover the whisperer and still have to deal with bullies at their school, all the while transmitting their findings in morse code to their partners on the shore.
This book is filled with puzzles and riddles that would make for a fun read for any child. They can test themselves against the characters. There are important themes of loyalty and friendship. This book makes learning and being smart fun because of all the fun ways the kids can use their intellect.The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart Read by Del Roy Little, Brown, 2007 Listening Library Audio-cd 11 discs