The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

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by Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
"Stewart balances the elements of his story beautifully, using the mystery puzzle to drive the plot while heightening tension through encounters with the Spiders and deepening the tenderness by following Nicholas's emotional development...[as] Mysterious Benedict Society fans have come to expect (and love) from master storyteller Stewart."
starred review Booklist
* "Gives readers a reason to fall in love with the series all over again...[with] adventures, danger, cleverness, dry wit, and good-hearted characters at the center of the action."
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* "Gives readers a reason to fall in love with the series all over again...[with] adventures, danger, cleverness, dry wit, and good-hearted characters at the center of the action."—Booklist, starred review

"Stewart balances the elements of his story beautifully, using the mystery puzzle to drive the plot while heightening tension through encounters with the Spiders and deepening the tenderness by following Nicholas's emotional development...[as] Mysterious Benedict Society fans have come to expect (and love) from master storyteller Stewart."—The Horn Book"

Stewart fills in the back story on the narcoleptic genius founder of the Mysterious Benedict Society...[with] admirable insight."—Kirkus Reviews"

Fans will be thrilled with the rich backstory of a beloved character."—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316176200
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Series:
Mysterious Benedict Society Series
Pages:
470
Sales rank:
54,492
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series. He lives in Arkansas with his wife and two sons.

Diana Sudyka received a master of fine arts degree from Northwestern University. She lives and works in Chicago as an artist.

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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 201 reviews.
theravensaidnevermore More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic for all ages. Trenton Lee Stewart does not dissapoint with his prequel to his phenominal Mysterious Benedict Society. Stewart's writing style is captivating and whimsical and fits his story perfectly. Besides being an exceptionally good writer, his characters and plot sparkled. Each character was unique and consistent and characterized beautifully. The plot was enthralling (however my ONLY negative comment about this book is that there were about 3 chapters in the middle where the pacing was a little bit slow, though the slowness was a bit necessary for the plot). The ending was a solid and satisfying one, all of Stewart's plot threads tied up beautifully into a wonderful little package that created a masterpiece of a book. While it is not essential to read The Mysterious Benedict Society before reading this book, I found it helpful considering I knew the main character better. I read The Mysterious Benedict Society when I was younger, and now that I am older I still found that I enjoyed this story as much as if I were still in grade school. This is a truly fantastic read for those who have whimsical minds and enjoy a good mystery. My only complaint is that I wish he would write more in this series! While the ending was satisfying I was sad to see the book end. If I could give it 6 stars I would ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty young, but I find this book to be highly informatice and I couldn't take my eyes off it. This book will make you understand the world and yourself a little better. Are you smarter than Nicholas? I highly doubt it. Great read dude!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! You learn to care deeply for young nicholas and his friends as they meet in secret, trying to find a treasure and get through an extremely hard childhood. You will love this story of three children trying desperately to find ways to make their lives better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Nicholas Benedict and experiencing a bit of his childhood. I again found myself attempting to piece together the clues to solve the mystery and enjoy the messages of humanity in each book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! Written just as well as his others with a great storyline. I definitly recommend it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! It gives a detailed insight of how Mr. Benedict grew up. This better book shows the marvelous intellectual intelligence of nine year old Nicholas. You will laugh, cry, and sense the gutt wrenching emotions of this book.(in a non vomitting,bitter-sweet "AHA I GET IT NOW!!!!" way) Btw the person who wrote this is only 12!!! Not joking!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are the best ever! Great mystery and brainteaser. Awesome for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK IN THE WORD!!!!!!CANT STOP READING IT!!!!!!!NEW EVERY TIME!!!!IT WILL DO U GOOD!!!!!PLZ PRESS YES IF U AGREE!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series of books by Mr. Stewart has been very humerous. As i was reading them i was constantly figuring out the puzzles and making guesses at what was going to happen next. I love the word-play, it was always making me think, and frequently laugh out loud. The idea behind this story is one of the best I have read. I would recommend this story to anyone with an active mind, so you may also make assumptions. Believe me, it adds to the excitement of major events when you are right about it. I hope he decides to right more books much like these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining book read all 3 books 1st
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally worth the money... explains why adult nick did half the things he did! But dont read it if you hadnt read the other books. I had no problems with it loading or anything! It keeps you reading till the end...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book i could not stop reading it has a lot of great details yet it does not drag on it is one of my favorite books i would suggest it for ages 9- up (it might be a little bit of a hard read for children under 9) MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever! The sample is boring because the begining is slightly boring but that does not matter because the rest of the book is soooooooooooooooo great. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It provides enough information about Mr. Benedict's past without getting too mushy and obvious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy like it !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really great book for allages. If you have read this book and you are looking for more than try out the next books in this awesome series. 1: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict 2: The Mysterious Benedict Society 3: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey 4: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoners Dilemma ENJOY!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is realistic and adventureous. Nicholas Benedict is the coolest 9 year old ever! He is a total geneis! I lovedthis book because of the characters. The characters are interesting and suprising. I recomend this book to anyone and i recomend the books by the same author " The Mysterious Benedict Socity"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the beggining in the last book and it is awesome so farr i cant wait to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read the msterious benidict society, or any other book by trenton lee stewart, THIS is the PERFECT book for you. It is fun, entertaining and for all ages( in my opinion) . In fact, anyone could enjoy this great read!
Refill More than 1 year ago
How can a prequel without the four main characters or a true villain work? Extraordinarily. "The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict" is the most engaging entry in this series and the one I became most immersed in. Why are bullies more uncomfortable to read about than a man trying to take over the world with the "Whisperer"? Probably because one is something we've actually dealt with in our lives, and the way Trenton Lee Stewart deals with them isn't to make this a tale of revenge but rather a tale of outclassing and outwitting these bullies. This goes for the young and old bullies Nicholas deals with in this book, and though it's occassionaly cheesy, it never really gets too watered down. Truly a delight to read, this one focuses less on the fantastic exploits of an evil genius like Ledroptha Curtain instead choosing to focus on most realistic dangers and the boy who beats them all. 4.5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bok was amazing just like the other books in the series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I didn't expect any less from trenton lee stewart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED THE OTHER BOOKS!!! In the middle of this one and I am so glad they decided to make a book about Nicholas Benedict. This is really good read and if you like this book you should read the other 3 if you haven't already.
Grandma_Deal More than 1 year ago
So entertaining. I read this series on my Nook, but am considering purchasing the books for our grandchildren to read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
The author wrote about the young mr. Benidict. That made us know about how he is so brainy and about his narcolepsy.So now we know what happened before the mysteryious Benidict society.So awesome!