The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy written by Diane Stanley
In The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy, Franny's sister, Zoe (a sixth grader), is a prodigy. She is "discovered" by Dr. Marth Evergood, Secretary of State, at a junior leadership conference. Dr. Evergood also happens to be on the Board of Directors for a prestigious Allbright Academy. Zoe is offered an exclusive, free, education at the Academy - but refuses to go unless her twin brother, J.D., and her older 8th grade sister, Franny, can also attend. The family packs their bags and travels to the elite boarding school for a tour and testing of the kids talents, abilities, and intelligence levels.
Allbright Academy is a school designed to train future leaders - accepting only the most talented, brightest kids into the program. Franny knows she's not as bright as Zoe, and doesn't have the leadership qualities Zoe has. There is something strange about the school. The students are all SO well behaved and polite! Their demeanor and physical appearance is perfect. Beyond academics, students are coached in deportment, physical bearing, and even sent for cosmetic fixes as needed. Franny, and the friends she makes at the school, discover why everyone and everything is SO PERFECT. Then it is up to them to let the Board of Directors know what has been going on. There is a secret to the strange perfection of Allbright Academy - will this group of 8th graders, aided by two sixth graders, be able to reveal the secret before they become victims of the Headmaster and founders of the school? Will the adults on the Board of Directors of Allbright Academy believe the presentation revealing the true purpose of the school?
Diane Stanley has given us a thought provoking story in The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy. A great read, hard to put down until the secret is fully revealed to all - and the bad guys are brought to justice.