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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society Prequel)
by Trenton Lee Stewart
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 900L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
NO. PAGES: 480
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
SERIES: The Mysterious Benedict Society
SEQUEL: The Mysterious Benedict Society (Book 1)
ISBN: 0316176192
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop

The Story
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society Prequel)—Book Review

Before there was The Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a remarkable boy named Nicholas Benedict. Nine-year-old Nicholas is an out-of-the-ordinary boy with out-of-the-ordinary problems. He's an orphan who has just been moved to a new orphanage where he encounters grumpy and selfish adults, as well as outrageous bullies. To make matters worse, he has narcolepsy, which causes him to have horrible nightmares, and makes him fall asleep as the most inopportune moments. The good news? He is an outright genius with a photographic memory. And he will need every one of his mental faculties to not only make a decently livable situation for himself at the orphanage, but to maybe solve a decades-old mystery that could change his life forever.
The Scoop
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society Prequel)—Book Review
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Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society will be thrilled with this prequel that tells the tale of how benefactor Nicholas Benedict got his start in life. Young Nicholas has been an orphan his entire life and is simply hoping to find a place where he can make a friend and feel he belongs. When he enters Rothschild's End (his latest orphanage) he immediately encounters a trio of bullies who successfully manage the other orphans through hazing and continued intimidation. Readers will truly enjoy Nicholas' clever and imaginative methods for eventually outwitting these bullies who initially figure out that if they can't beat Nicholas up, they can get to him by isolating him socially, bringing him face to face with his worst fear: loneliness. The mystery of Rothschild Manor involves a treasure that Nicholas plans to find so that he can run away from orphanages forever and live a life of leisure. As he embarks on his hunt, he makes two very special friends along the way who help him realize that his true purpose in life is to give of himself and his mental gifts to make the lives of other children better. This story is long, but will be richly rewarding for smart readers who will be stimulated by Nicholas' genius and problem solving abilities. In this case, the protagonist wins out in seemingly inescapable situations simply by using his head again and again. The book is full of intelligent vocabulary, but it would also make a nice read aloud for younger readers who would enjoy the storyline, but may need a little help with explanations along the way.
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