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)
this book made me think about how Important childhood is. My favorite character is Constance because despite her questionable personality she never ceased to amuse and astonish us . I love this book !😊
It took me just a moment to get used to the narrator's voice. He places his inflections in slightly odd placees, but I got used to it after about 5 minutes, and grew to find his warm, slightly gravelly voice to be perfect for this story. I'd read the book before, and so was already in love. I am happy to say that it is just as excellent as I recall. :)
I first read this book on my own a couple years ago on a plane ride and loved it! My children, ages 3.5, 5.5, and 7 loved the story. Del Roy is a perfect fit for reading this aloud.
I liked the beginning, but the main conflict of the story is very strange and different from how it starts. Finished it, but probably wouldn't bother with a re-listen.
great story character development strong plot and it resolves but you still want to hear what happens in the next adventure
Del Roy is incredible! The book was tremendous. My seven year old couldn't get enough of it. She's already asking if there are other books in the series! Highly recommended.
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