Reviews for Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict


AudioFile Reviews 2012 June
In this prequel to THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, 9-year-old Nicholas Benedict is a lonely narcoleptic orphan. The superb choice in casting Del Roy as narrator continues to serve this series well. Roy's voice is sibilant and gives the impression of a humble and self-effacing character, yet at the same time his delivery is unwaveringly confident. The juxtaposition fits the physical vulnerability and strength of character of this shy boy genius. Roy's pacing amplifies the little surprises around every corner of Stewart's charming text. His approachable and relaxed delivery render the elevated vocabulary and sophisticated humor accessible. Nicholas is outwardly flippant when cornered by bullies. But he begins to yearn for escape when he learns of a lost treasure and sets himself to finding it. A.M.P. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 June #4

In this latest installment of Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society series, nine-year-old Nicholas--boy genius and unfortunate narcoleptic--is in quite the predicament when he's shipped off to a new orphanage where bullies reign supreme and nobody seems to like him or his oddly shaped nose. But soon, Nicholas is working to solve a complex mystery with far-reaching consequences. Narrated by Del Roy, this audio edition never fails to entertain. Roy's considerable vocal abilities are on display as he creates an intricate portrait of Nicholas. His narration easily commands the listener's attention; without so much as a slight shift in tone or dialect Roy is able to ratchet up the intensity. Ages 8-up. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September

Gr 4-8--Trenton Lee Stewart has written a prequel (Little, Brown, 2012) to his "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series with the titular character being a narcoleptic plagued by nightmares as well as a genius with an eidetic memory. Nine-year-old Nicholas is transferred to a new orphanage called Child's End. The children there are mistreated and the orphanage is poorly run, but Nicholas also learns that the former owner had a treasure which both Nicholas and the orphanage director believe is hidden in the house or on the grounds. While avoiding bullies, Nicholas puts his talents to work to find the treasure before the director. The minor characters, like the orphanage staff, are colorful. Nicholas's first friend, John Cole, is the true role model here--gutsy and self-sacrificing. Nicholas finally learns to put others first and uses his many gifts to save the orphanage and improve the conditions. Del Roy's voice is warm and gravelly, but may not compensate for the slow pacing, plodding story line, and an unlikely climax. While the story stands alone, it will primarily appeal to those already invested in the series.--C.A. Fehmel, St. Louis County Library, MO

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