The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

71%

9 Critic Reviews

For fans of the earlier books, these similarities are likely to be a welcome through line for a prequel that is well crafted and elegantly written, yet playful.
-LA Times

Synopsis

Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a boy named Nicholas Benedict. Meet the boy who started it all....
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but also he has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he's sent to a new orphanage, where he encounters vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances -- and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he has one important thing in his favor: He's a genius.

On his quest to solve the mystery, Nicholas finds enemies around every corner, but also friends in unexpected places -- and discovers along the way that the greatest puzzle of all is himself.
 

About Trenton Lee Stewart

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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series as well as Flood Summer, a novel for adults. He lives in Arkansas with his wife and two sons. Carson Ellis received her BFA from the University of Montana and has established a loyal following for her artistic collaborations with the band the Decemberists. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 471 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Jan 04 2012

Admirable insight, despite being conveyed by a lad who comes across as more a super-precocious, psychologically astute preteen than a credible 9 year old.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Michele Norris on Feb 29 2012

This is a story full of swashbuckling adventure and the kind of head-scratching conundrums that will challenge and entertain young readers.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Apr 15 2012

For fans of the earlier books, these similarities are likely to be a welcome through line for a prequel that is well crafted and elegantly written, yet playful.

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Carrie Wheadon

... the twists, turns, and surprises hold this mansion treasure hunt together.

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KidsReads

Excellent
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Apr 30 2012

Readers who already love these books will appreciate the familiarity of Stewart's approach, and those who are just meeting young Master Benedict for the first time will be charmed and challenged in equal measure.

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DarienLibrary.org

Excellent
Reviewed by John S on Apr 23 2012

You’ll be satisfied with this beautifully written story that is filled with adventures, action, suspense, humor and likable characters.

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reutreads

Below average
Reviewed by Reut on May 09 2012

The Mysterious Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart was a book that didn’t exactly live up to my rather high expectations of this series.

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Children's Atheneum

Below average
Reviewed by Venus on May 06 2012

Full of exposition and floundering towards the end, the story simply felt bloated by Nicholas' own importance, as if the author really wanted the reader to understand what an awesome person this kid will be someday.

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Inside Popular Kids Books

Good
Reviewed by Deanna Blanchard

It’s clever, witty, and moving – and filled adventures, danger and an intriguing mystery that keeps the plot moving at a rapid pace.

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