The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/4/9
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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.
Praise for The Mysterious Benedict Society:
"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
"Stewart's dry wit and character ingenuity is sprinkled throughout...enjoyable and charming."―Library Media Connection 商品の説明をすべて表示する
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict is the prequel to the three Mysterious Benedict Society books. Instead of many puzzles to solve, there is one huge puzzle in this book. It is fun to try to solve it along with Nicholas. The story is engaging and though it is written for children, it is enjoyable for adults as well. My 8 and 10 year old sons loved it, as did I. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages, but read the other three Mysterious Benedict Society books first!
Anyway. I read the MBS series and thought they were good. A little hard to get into sometimes, but my sons love them and have read them multiple times. But then they persuaded me to set aside my grownup fare and read THIS book, insisting it was Stewart's best yet. I read the first chapter and found that I couldn't put it down. It has a narrative pace that is much more compelling than the MBS books. Its characters are more real. Its plot has neatly executed intricacies that satisfy. Its message is uplifting and inspiring.
I agree with my sons -- this is Trenton Lee Stewart's best work thus far! And now if I were to meet him again, I would have plenty to say to him, including to express my hope that it has been submitted to the Newbery committee. It is every bit as good as Louis Sachar's "Holes"; in fact I like it even more because of its power to make me want to be better, kinder -- to use my gifts to help those I care about, like Nicholas Benedict.