Mysterious Benedict Society
"Several years ago, in the course of my research on the human brain, it came to my attention that messages were being delivered to people all across the world--delivered, I should say, quite without their knowledge. The messages were going directly into people's minds, which absorbed them not without knowing where the messages came from, but without realizing they had received or read anything at all. I believe these messages are the source of the phenomenon commonly known as the Emergency." The Mysterious Benedict Society.
The Emergency had everyone worried. People were disappearing. The government, school systems, the budget, the weather were all in a mess. Crime was rampant. Citizens clamored for improvement in government. One person knew why. Another person knew what to do about it and started by putting an ad in the newspaper.
The curious ad in the newspaper offered a gifted child "special opportunities." It caught the eye of Reynie, a gifted young orphan who was greatly in need of challenge and higher level learning. The first step in choosing a team that qualified to receive the special opportunity was a series of clever tests and problem solving tasks. Would Reynie win the opportunity to join the odd collection of gifted children? Would he have the courage to face the terrifying and dangerous plan that only children could possibly carry out to save the world? Would the Mysterious Benedict Society have the talent and resources to be able put a stop to the Emergency?
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a novel in which the world is threatened by an evil, mind-controlling power. A team of gifted kids are the only ones who can break the code and stop the destruction by solving a series of puzzles, code, and tests. Will they be successful?
Literary Connections That Involve Solving Puzzles:
Walls within Walls by Maureen Sherry
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
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