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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.
My 10 year old is a voracious reader. But, this was one we enjoyed reading together at bed time. More appropriate than a Tolkien but still fun for me.Published 1 day ago by Randy Miller
This is an entertaining, suspenseful, and very clever story, but I decided not to pursue reading the rest of the series because I was hoping for more depth than I perceived here.Published 2 days ago by John J. Turner
My daughter read the book and loved it. The next day she told me I should read it. I read the book and loved it. It is unique and exiting. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Aly
It kept me in the edge if my seat the whole time and always had me want ok g to read one more chapter.Published 4 days ago by Ransom Hall
I put 5 stars because I think that it is a sweet book and I would recommend it it to people who like mystery and mild sadness🐈Published 11 days ago by mxa70
pretty good great for kids. Funny but a little confusing still really good. Once again this book is great for kids.Published 11 days ago by Sabrina
I enjoyed this book very much. It kept the reader intrigued and wondering just what would come next. Its a little mixed with world war two, but centers on the children. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Loree
Purchased this on Kindle thinking that it sounded like something my grandchildren would enjoy being read to them. They love it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by DI