An ad appears in the newspaper: "Are you a gifted child looking for SPECIAL opportunities?" Many children enroll to take the test but only 4 are chosen by Mr. Benedict, a kindly but mysterious man. They call themselves The Mysterious Benedict Society and have to use all of their brains and brawn to complete a secret mission at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. These 4 children, all orphans, find that they have to depend upon each other for friendship and support. I won't give away the secret mission but this is a fast-paced, exciting story for older elementary up through adult readers.