Monday, May 28, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

The Extraordinary Education
of Nicholas Benedict
by Trenton Lee Stewart

Flap Copy description:
Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society there was simply A BOY named Nicholas Benedict.

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.

My thoughts:
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict is the prequel to the highly acclaimed series: The Mysterious Benedict Society. In this latest novel by Trenton Lee Stewart we learn of Mr. Benedict's strange and challenging childhood at an odd country orphanage. This exciting and entertaining book is full of mystery and adventure set in the early twentieth century. As with Mr. Stewart's other books, this one includes plenty of puzzles and sentimental secrets for the reader to attempt to solve. Both this novel, and the series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, are wonderful reads for anyone with a quizzical mind, and a passion for whimsical words. I would recommend The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict to readers from the ages of eight to eighty.

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  1. Wow, this one sounds great! Love this line: "Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose. . ." Thanks for another winning review, Victoria. I'm clicking over to Trenton Lee Stewart's website now. . .

    1. Thanks, Ruth. Trenton Lee Stewart's books are some of my favorites!

  2. I still haven't read The Mysterious Benedict Society. Maybe I'll start by reading this. Thanks, Victoria!

    1. Reading this prequel first would actually be a great idea. Thanks, Cynthia.