The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Book - 2012
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Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict, an orphan afflicted with an unfortunate nose and with narcolepsy, is sent to a new orphanage where he encounters vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances, and a mystery that could change his life forever.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown,, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316176194
Branch Call Number: J FIC STEW
Characteristics: 470 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sudyka, Diana - Illustrator


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 09, 2018

Depending on how you look at it, this very entertaining novel is the 4th or the 1st in a witty suspense series for children. (They are enjoyable reading for adults, also.) The series began with *The Mysterious Benedict Society* in 2007. In that book, four children pass a mysterious and confusing test to gain a scholarship to a school for bright children. They discover that this school is really The Mysterious Benedict Society, a secret organization of people with unusual talents.

Now Stewart has gone back in time 40-50 years to show us the early life of Nicholas Benedict, the quirky genius who started the MBS. Nicholas was an orphan, being shuttled to orphanages and foster homes, when he arrived at the orphanage of Rothschild’s End. Nicholas is already a genius, with an eidetic memory, able to remember anything he reads. He is also undersized and has narcolepsy, meaning he is apt to fall asleep at particularly inconvenient moments. He has never had a friend and understands nothing about the dynamics of a family. The orphanage is in serious financial trouble, in danger of closing, and has several bullies and a staff severely deficient in the knowledge of how to take care of children.

This is clever, can’t-put-it-down writing, with interesting characters and several nice twists at the end. You could easily start with this one in the series or start with *The Mysterious Benedict Society.*

Jun 05, 2018

The origins of Nicholas Benedict reveal themselves in this exciting prequel. I have to admit, I wasn't very eager to read this because I thought it was going to be boing, but wow was I wrong! From the first page I was picked up on a riveting ride and didn't get off until I finished the final chapter. The only reason I docked off half a star from my rating was because I found the discovery of the treasure to be a bit anticlimactic. However, this is still a must-read for any fan, and I highly recommend this book. My favourite character is John Cole, definitely.

Feb 13, 2017

This book is witty and fun! I could not put it down!
I loved reading about Nicolas as a kid. I think that it is funny how he is like Renie and Sticky! 😀

Oct 17, 2016

This book is great! It is a very exciting adventure story!
It is interesting to see how young Nicholas gets himself out of trouble and gets help from unexpected places.I highly recommend it.

Feb 07, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and it's really cool to go back to Nicholas Benedict as a 9-year-old.It's hooking and interesting, though I think I liked the series a little bit more.
I would recommend it for ages 8 and above.

Jul 15, 2015

After reading the series, it was really cool to go back and see how it all began.

Jun 30, 2015

This book gives you some background information from where Mr.Benedict came from. The ending is more exiting then the beginning.

IHeartReading247 Jul 21, 2013

I've read it this year.Never gets old.Always new!

green_turtle_775 Jul 19, 2013

I think this book is amazing

honeyber5 Aug 05, 2012

This book is awesome and full of excitment and funny moments for all to enjoy! It reminded my so much of the other books in the series! And I love how clever Nicholas is even with his narcolepsy! I also love how it takes John, Violet, and Nicholas and makes them into friends.......

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Feb 13, 2017

Young Nicolas is VERY smart and an orphan. But he has one small problem- narcolepsy. He can't seem to make friends and he gets bullied all the time. So when he meets a boy who seems to like him, and finds a mystery that could change his life- he jumps right in.


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