by Trenton Lee Stewart
An ad in a British newspaper entices dozens of children to take a series of tests for gifted children. Only two pass. Along with two other children who have unique strengths, they are brought to Mr. Benedict and given a mission. . . .a mission to save humanity. The only question is what they are saving it from. These four lonely and unusual children combine their strengths to uncover and stop a fiendish plot that could destroy the world. Along the way, they discover that family is not dictated by blood but rather by growing, learning, (yes, arguing) and overcoming challenges together.
I discovered this book when my friend's book club read it. I don't know why they were reading a tween book at an adult book club but I'm glad they did because it was a fun read with a good message about thinking for yourself instead of being mindlessly swayed by media (except this media, of course!) And, always a plus, this book has become a series with The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey already out and the Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma coming out in October 2009. I've only read the first but I have high hopes that the other two will be just as tween appropriate and entertaining.
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