The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Apr 10, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 480 pages
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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.
  

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Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite
Nicholas Benedict is not your ordinary young guy. At age nine, Nicholas is an orphan. He has an unfortunate and different nose, and he also has a rare and
interesting condition called narcolepsy that gives him terrible nightmares and causes him to fall asleep at really bad times. But Nicholas is a genius and in this book, ďThe Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict,Ē you will read about the most amazing young man you have ever read about. And talking about adventures, well, you havenít read anything yet!
I absolutely love this fantastic and wonderful book by Trenton Stewart. Nicholas has the potential for a child everyone would feel sorry for because he didnít have a family and home, and because of his difficult condition. Naturally I was in awe of this amazing precious child! He could have been annoying and just plain aggravating, but he was so brilliant that you had to love him. Mr. Stewart surely knows how to capture the heart and interest of readers by taking an orphan child that most people would disown, pulling out his special characteristics and personality, and writing a story that will touch your heart in a way that will grip it and hold for a long time after you finish reading the book. I highly recommend this amazing book. I loved it and just canít say enough about it. And if you havenít read the other Nicholas Benedict books, no need to worry; this is a great stand-alone read.
 

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About the author (2012)

Trenton Lee Stewart was born in 1970. He graduated from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and wrote the adult novel "Flood Summer" in 2005. He has since become a children's novelist with the three part series - "The Mysterious Benedict Society" - which includes "The Perilous Journey" and "The Prisoner's Dilemma." He also teaches creative writing.

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