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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart Illustrated by Carson Ellis

"ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD looking for special opportunities?"

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 — two boys and two girls — 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.

But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. 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? Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society. If you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Book Type
Chapter Book
Adventure, Mystery and Suspense

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Trenton Lee Stewart
Carson Ellis

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