Adam, Finn, Lewis and Emily (The Trackers) are back in another high-tech adventure, this time getting involved with a secret group that is trying to stop the world’s most dangerous hacker, Shantorian. The problem is, the organization is SO top secret even the FBI doesn’t know about it.
With the help of their new secretive partners, Lazlo and Zara, The Trackers set up a complex online heist to make Shantorian reveal his identity and whereabouts. As the heist unfolds, alliances and friendship start to unravel leaving Adam, Finn, Lewis and Emily in separate FBI interrogation rooms, under suspician for pulling off the largest online banking heist in history. Shantorian? No where to be found. The question Adam needs to answer for himself as well as his friends….who is Shantorian and where is the money? Did Shantorian outsmart the trackers?
Told through a series of police interviews and video transcipts, this technical mystery unfolds like a movie. Intrigue and double-crossing are in there as well as gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets.
This time Adam is sucked in by the competition of it…the fact that he can go head to head with this Shantorian. He gets so caught up in it that he forgets his friends and what they each bring to The Trackers. (He also gets distracted by the beautiful and brillian Zara…which makes things a little tense with Emily!)
For their part, The Trackers get a little supicious of Adam and how close he is working with Lazlo and Zara. When The Trackers are in separate FBI interrogation rooms it really puts their friendship to the test. They are in what is known as “the prisoner’s dilemma” when the police or the FBI separate people suspected of a crime and try to get one of them to talk and betray the other. Threatened with some very serious jail time for the online heist, will each Tracker remain silent and loyal to the group or will their growing suspicians of each other cause a betrayal that will sink them all? As each of them gets more and more tired and hungry tensions increase. It’s really intersting to watch how they behave.
The Trackers Official Website (includes video that goes with the book & a glyphmasters game – one video shows all the gadgets)
Reynie, Sticky, Constance and Kate are locked in, in fact they’re prisoners, but this time their captor is none other than Mr. Benedict himself, as well as Rhonda and Number Two. In order to keep the kids safe from Evil Ledroptha Curtain, the grownups have the kids stashed in a safe house. Ledroptha wants his evil Whisperer machine back and the grownups are sure that he would kidnap the kids in a second and hold them for ransom. The kids are safe…but bored out of their genius little minds!
Constance is extra cranky, especially after a stranger shows up claiming to be her father and challenging Mr. Benedict’s adoption of her. In an emotional meltdown, Constance runs away – an act that sends the grown-ups and the Society outside the safe house in hopes of finding her…just what Ledroptha and his minions The Ten Men want. The kids are now vulnerable and fall into a carefully constructed trap. But Ledroptha isn’t the only brain capable of setting and springing a trap. These kids are smart and motivated by something powerful – the desire to save the family they’ve built for themselves in The Mysterious Benedict Society. A terrific addition to The Society’s adventures. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Look InsideThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
Cass and Max-Ernest from The Name of This Book is Secret are back in another sense-filled adventure as members of the secret Terces Society. Cass and Max-Ernest have been inducted into the Society as agents keeping the world safe from the evil Midnight Sun, people who will stop at nothing (even murder!) to carry out their plans to live forever. Their previous adventures involved the senses of smell and sound. This time around, it’s taste, and what tastes better than chocolate? Nothing!
Cass’s mom is obsessed with the blind chef Señor Hugo and is invited to one of his exclusive dinner parties. Cass and Max-Ernest come along and are suprised to learn that at these parties the guests dine in complete darkness so that they can focus on their sense of taste. Partway through dinner Cass gets a feeling something isn’t right and when she shines a contraband light, she and Max-Ernest realize that all of the tables in the restaurant are empty and Cass’s mom is nowhere to be found. Señor Hugo has kidnapped Cass’s mom and is demanding the legendary Tuning Fork for her safe return. Somehow, he knows about Cass and Max-Ernest and The Terces Society. What is the Tuning Fork and what does the chef want to do with it? You can bet that The Midnight Sun and the creepy Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais are in on it too. Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Here are the first two in the Secret Series with Cass and Max-Ernest: The Name of This Book is Secret and If you’re Reading This It’s Too Late and book #4 This Isn’t What It Looks Like. If you like these, you might also like the rest, each are about kids having incredible adventures, but without wands or dragons or spells. These kids fly airplanes, shrink, hypnotize people, solve puzzles and more.
The Irregulars, those delinquent Girl Scouts: Kiki, Ananka, Oona, Betty & Iris, are still protecting the secret city that lies beneath Manhatten. Trouble comes from an unlikely insider when it is discovered that Oona’s father is Lester Liu, the New York gangster they are protecting the secret city FROM.
The trouble is, Oona has known this all along and never told the Irregulars. Oona wants to trust that her Dad has turned over a new leaf but the Irregulars are skeptical and hatch a plan to find out what Lester is up to as well as keep an eye on Oona while she is in Lester’s mansion. Illegal immigrants, Russian operatives, an art museum and a Chinese mummy all play a part in the mystery of Lester Liu’s new life. Is he really turning into Daddy of the Year or is this just another plan to line his wealthy pockets? The Irregulars won’t stop until they find out the truth.
“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” When this unusual ad appears in the newspaper, lots of children show up to take a series of mysterious tests, but just four succeed: brilliant orphan Reynie, Sticky (everything he sees, hears or reads…sticks), Kate (with her bucket of tools) and tiny, brilliant Constance. The children learn that an evil genius is secretly broadcasting subliminal messages to the world and it is up to them to stop him. There are clues to follow and puzzles to solve and codes to understand. They have no choice but to turn to each other. No magic, just smart kid power and a lot of heart. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society Web Comic Used With Permission:
@bookblrb: Four peculiar kids made it through the test. Now they’re the world’s last hope.
Don’t miss the Society’s other adventures..and try Kiki Strike: Five delinquent Girl Scouts, a million hungry rats, one secret city beneath Manhattan, and a butt-kicking girl superspy – that’s Kiki Strike!