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.
Editors Note 1
Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society there was simply a Boy Named Nicholas Benedict.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.
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.
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