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)
The plot! It is perfect for kids, and even better for adults. It's true to its characters and will keep you guessing. There wasn't a single thing about the story that I didn't enjoy.
It's a less fantasy than Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but holds the same depth and wonder while adding an extra layer of mystery.
Constance Contraire as performed by Del Roy was hilarious. It's great to hear an older man portray a young girl full of gumption and defiance.
Hearing both Reynie and Sticky's fears resonated with me greatly. They're young children, but have old souls, and it's interesting to think that even "adult" fears can be shared by those who are younger than you.
I love this book
This book has a very unique plot. It also is brimming with surprises and keeps a high level of suspense. Easy to follow and a good length. I really recommend it for anybody who likes a mystery and wants something new.
This is an amazing book , one of my favorites . The only problem was that the book has 39 chapters so it was pretty difficult to find my spot after reading a little, but besides for that I love it!
Children faced with extraordinary struggles behave with bravery, teamwork, loyalty, love and a passion for truth.
Love the story line
in this story children are just small adults, as it should be
on the edge of my seat
"Infinitely engaging -- I'm 67 and would LOVE to adopt the whole tribe, beginning with Benedict himself, of course"
I'm sixty-seven, and would LOVE to adopt the whole tribe, beginning with Mr. Benedict himself, of course.
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