The Mysterious Benedict Society begins with a boy called Reynie Muldoon reading an ad in a newspaper--one that offers ‘special opportunities’ to any child who passes an unspecified test. Reynie completes it, as do three other children, these others being Kate Wetherall, Sticky Washington, and Constance Contraire. Upon passing, they receive instructions for a mysterious mission. And soon they discover time is short, and that they must complete their mission soon or they will have failed and everyone will be in danger.
I liked The Mysterious Benedict Society because it was about kids, and there was also a very good storyline. There were plenty of twists and narrow escapes. The first book in the best-selling Mysterious Benedict Society series, I highly recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society to readers ages 8 and up (even our parents loved it!)