|Long before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was a brilliant young boy named Nicholas Benedict with his own problems, his own unusual friends, and his own mystery to solve.|
From the Publisher:
Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a 9-year-old orphaned boy named Nicholas Benedict, afflicted with an unfortunate nose and narcolepsy, who was sent to a new orphanage where he encountered vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances and a mystery that changed his life forever. Simultaneous.
Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society there was simply a Boy Named Nicholas Benedict.
The background of the founder of the Mysterious Benedict Society was shrouded in mystery until this volume appeared. At the age of nine, Nicholas Benedict was already brilliant, but his orphaned state and treacherous narcolepsy worked against him. Sent to a new orphanage where the director took to locking him the attic at night and the home bullies made him their target, Nicholas nonetheless found his way into a fascinating mystery that spawned a generation of eager puzzlers. On discovering the promise of secret treasure during one of his nocturnal prowls, Nicholas begins an adventure that will hopefully lead to his freedom. A prequel to the excellent Mysterious Benedict Society series.