Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.)
Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive 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 labyrinth of the school's underground tunnels is more than your average school supplies.
First time children's novelist Trenton Lee Stewart takes listeners on an adventure that puts friends, family, and foe to the test. Are you up to the challenge?
©2007 Trenton Lee Stewart; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Through its interesting characters, the book...tackles personal concerns: abandonment, family, loyalty, and facing one's fears....Stewart writes with such attention to the intricacies of plot and personality....Smart kids who like Blue Balliet's books are the natural audience for this; but, read aloud, the novel will attract many others as well." (Booklist)
Proof that really interesting stories can be told without cluttering them with needless language & sexual implications.
Del Roy is very good with his performance of each individual character and I was very pleased to find that he was the reader for the entire series.
I can relate to this book and story line in the unique way that a person can understand things because they themselves have experienced some of the things within the story. I, too have narcolepsy.
The first of this series that I listened to was actually the last that was written. I enjoyed it so much that I searched for the rest of the series, while thinking that I had actually listened to the first book.
Very ell developed with amazing vocabulary, and very real characters with a lovely ending. A true masterpiece, and beautifully narrated.
I think this is a great story for adults and kids. It wasn't the best narrator but it met my expectations. It was also a good storyline, and a good story.
Yes I would. Because it's a a great spy story. It may be written for children, but it's very suspenseful.
The 21th century's answer to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the three investigators.
No I haven't. But I like to hear more of him.
It's better than Spy kids.
Great book. Plan to read more of the series. My only complaint is that the audios for the series is little to expensive in my opinon. This a children series, not a overpriced bestseller.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
When you have a stressful job and just want a book to relax to - then this would be a good book for you. Yes, it is a children's book. However, it is enjoyable, and funny, and has some very interesting characters. It is not too complicated, it helps to zone out after work in the car on the way home. Some great quotes too.
Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.
The narrator doesn't know how to do believable, normal inflections, which kind of breaks up the story a bit. It takes a while to get used to it, which is too bad, because the story is brilliant. I would skip the audio, read the book several times, and then get the audiobook to listen to when you just HAVE to have this book in ALL it's forms ALL the time, because it's THAT GOOD.
Four gifted children are specially selected as secret agents to infiltrate a school run by a man who is trying to take over the world. It's not a matter of them developing the skills needed to form an effective team, it's about discovering that those qualities are already there inside them, and they need each different member of the Mysterious Benedict Society to bring out the best in each other. It's a tale of discovery, risk, and friendship.
I really don't recommend this audio to a first-time reader, but do go and read the book. It's worth it.
Absolutely Constance! I love the way she talks and acts.
As a non-English speaker, it was very helpful while listening. I could readily recognize the emotions and feelings of each character and I could know about the pronounciations of difficult words.
Yes, it was. But unfortunately I didn't have enough time to listen regularly since I am taking care of a 5 month old baby. : )
It was a bit hard for me to understand some parts of the story in the beginning since the reader has a husky voice. But I got used to it as time goes by and I started feeling his voice is very friendly.
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