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Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series, recently sat down with Mr. Nicholas Benedict, the esteemed scientist and intelligence expert, to discuss his new books.
Trenton Lee Stewart: Welcome, Mr. Benedict!
Mr. Benedict: Thank you indeed. Now, why don't we begin with your interest in riddles?
Stewart: My interest? Um, well ... I suppose I've always been drawn to constructive trickery. Riddles, jokes, stories--all these things depend on deception and surprise, yet they also depend on a shared understanding with the audience. Riddles are meant to be solved, just as stories and jokes are meant to be heard. So the successful ones are a sort of collaboration between--sorry, am I going on too long?
Mr. Benedict: [closing his pocket watch] Not at all. Please continue.
Stewart: Let me back up. As a child, I adored a chapter in The Hobbit called "Riddles in the Dark," in which the hero's life depends upon winning a riddle contest... but I feel silly telling you this, Mr. Benedict. You had to solve a real mystery as a boy--when you were a young orphan with narcolepsy, no less--and the stakes were significant. [Smiling at the reader] I give a full account of it in my next book, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
Mr. Benedict: [nodding] A perfectly competent account.
Stewart: Perfectly... competent? Not... not brilliant?
Mr. Benedict: [yawning] Oh, I'm sure it is. And now, a thousand pardons, but I'm afraid I must go.
Stewart: Already? Go where?
Mr. Benedict: [eyelids drooping] To sleep.
Stewart: [catching Mr. Benedict as he slumps forward] Oh, right--the narcolepsy. I guess this, um, concludes our interview, then? Mr. Benedict? Shall I take that snore as a yes?
A Look Inside The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
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A special message from Mr. Benedict
An elusive enigma worthy of a Society Member
Rules of the Society and a Member Bio
Two perplexing puzzles compiled by Mr. Benedict
I would highly recommend this book to kids and adults alike.
This story offers clever puzzles, interesting character development, and a topsy-turvy adventure that keeps you turning the pages, but seldom cringing.
I can relate to most of the characters in the story and it has a very fascinating plot and a surprise ending concerning one of the characters.
This was a good book, and it had a good plot. The beginning and the end were great but it was a little slow towards the middle of the book. I will definitely read the second book.Published 3 days ago by Madeline Jordan
I bought this because it was required reading for a childrens literature college course. It was actually pretty amazing even though it's a childrens book.Published 11 days ago by Precious Piovanetti
A friend recently recommended this book to me and I'm so glad I ordered a copy! It's come more and more to my attention that, when it comes to books, I will never grow up. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Alice
My nine year old son had to read this book for school. He couldn't put it down and finished it in under a week - well ahead of his teacher's schedule. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sasha
I liked it but at times it was long and boring. Overall a good book. Also it got a little confusing at timesPublished 14 days ago by MutantMustache
From the first page it will make you want to read more! My sister and I loved it! I finished it in 6 days cause I couldn't put it down! Now on to the next one.....Published 16 days ago by habb
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