The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, also the author of The Secret Keepers, is the first book in The Mysterious Benedict Society series. The book is centered around a young bright child called Reynard Muldoon, often referred to as Reynie. Reynie, an orphan living in Stonetown with his tutor, Miss Perumal, came across an advertisement in their local newspaper, calling for gifted children looking for special opportunities. Reynie decides to take the opportunity, and ends up joining a secret group led by Mr. Benedict to prevent his evil brother, Ledroptha Curtain, from creating widespread chaos by manipulating the minds of common people through televisions and radios. Reynie and his group of friends, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, infiltrates Mr. Curtain’s special school called The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, to gain more knowledge of Mr. Curtain’s plans.
The Mysterious Benedict Society, along with the other two books, “The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Perilous Journey” and “The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner's Dilemma”, is one of my favorite series. There is also another book by Trenton Lee Stewart detailing Mr. Benedict's life as a child, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, that I enjoyed. I highly recommend all of the books, especially for people who enjoy Roald Dahl books, giving the series a 4.5 out of 5 stars. - Nikolai, Grade 8