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Stewart, Trenton Lee, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was a little boy named Nicholas Benedict; but who was he and what made him the presiding genius he would become? This fascinating prequel to a beloved series reveals the previously hidden story of the narcoleptic orphan whose encounters with nightmares and bullies will lead to a mystery that will forever transform him. A key to the series.

ā€” Brian Monahan

The Horn Book

"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."

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* "Gives readers a reason to fall in love with the series all over again...[with] adventures, danger, cleverness, dry wit, and good-hearted characters at the center of the action."