Intelligent adventure for and about intelligent kids
Kind of "1984" or "The X-Men" for kids, although with a far more upbeat sensibility. 4 children, each with a special talent and a non-existent family life, are recruited by the mysterious Mr Benedict to infiltrate the ominous sounding Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. The Institute, headed by the even more mysterious and diabolical Mr. Curtain, appears to be broadcasting secret mind control messages via tv signals, for nefarious ends. It's up to mega brain Sticky, adventuresome, resourceful Kate, mulish Constance, and intrepid puzzle solver Reynie to thwart Mr. Curtain, outwit his sinister "Executives" and "Messengers", and generally save the world.
A terrific page turner, with well drawn, smart characters and a tingly sense of danger and paranoia. One of the best children's books I've read in years.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness