This was an AMAZING book! My daughter and I were absolutely on the edge of our seat reading this together (I read it aloud to her when she was 8). I recommend it to everyone! Here’s my original review of this book.
It does have a sort of dark feel at times…but nothing that got to the point that I felt we shouldn’t be reading it. I’m very particular in the books I read aloud to my children, and have even stayed away from books like Harry Potter (so far…we will read them when I feel my children are ready) because of what I’ve heard from friends about the violence and intensity in them. This book did start to go in that direction at times, but never over the top, in my opinion. It had just a touch of violence in it (a child gets beaten briefly at one point, for example) but its very brief, not drawn out, and its not irrelevant to the story or the characters.
The story tells of a small group of children that are chosen to be a part of a group of gifted children with a mission: to infiltrate “The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened”, and find out what’s REALLY going on there.
Abbreviated From Amazon:
After being trained by Mr. Benedict and his assistants, the four travel to an isolated school where children are being trained by a criminal mastermind to participate in his schemes to take over the world. The young investigators need to use their special talents and abilities in order to discover Mr. Curtain’s secrets, and their only chance to defeat him is through working together.