The Mysterious Benedict Society is an amazing, if formulaic book. Reynie is a little bit like Ash Ketchum, Kate is like Rainbow Dash, Sticky is the brainiac, and Constance is the little brat. An evil and weird old man trying to brainwash kids, , and basically a Dumbledore with narcolepsy all make an appearance.
Creepy old man tries to brainwash kids; brat ends up saving the day(first book).
Mr. Curtain, the creepiest and most insane person ever