Excellent, Intermediate, spy, friendship, orphan, and mind control
Adults should always protect kids, but sometimes there are jobs only kids can do, and Mr. Benedict has one of these. He asks four gifted children to become his secret agents to help him save the world from an evil man intent on brainwashing everyone. Constance, Kate, Sticky, and Reynie are orphans and runaways that come together to form the Mysterious Benedict Society. Working together they spy on the “school” the brainwashing signal is coming from and send the information back to Mr. Benedict using Morse code. However, as the evil Mr. Curtain is moving forward with his plan to take over the world, the kids find they must take action to stop him. As a team they manage to stop his brainwashing machine and escape to safety.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Mysterious Benedict Society,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 84.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss3/84