The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis Four misfit children: Reynie Muldoon, the puzzle solver; Kate Wetherall, a MacGuyver-type child who can create anything from nothing; Sticky Washington, who has a photographic memory; and Constance Contraire, an incredibly stubborn child are recruited by Mr. Benedict to infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (LIVE), whose leader, Mr. Curtain is trying to take over the world.

The first half of the book really grabs your attention and keeps you reading just to find out what the heck is going on but once the kids actually enter LIVE, the story drags a little and becomes a tad bit predictable. The ending is exciting but again a little too predictable with everything turning out A-OK and then some. The story itself is rather strange and quirky with enough twists tossed in to keep one engaged.

I think this is a great book for the younger set as it shows good sportsmanship, honesty and integrity as important. Definitely a book I would recommend for all parents of young children.