18—The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities." read the ad. Many children responded but, after a rigorous exam, only 4 were chosen. Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance. The four are orphans and they have been recruited  by Mr. Benedict to go to Nomansan Island and infiltrate a special school and learn how the school's head is brainwashing children and adults in an attempt to take over the world.

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