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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.
#1 is great, and I would like to continue the series. This proves impossible as no order is provided, and the series obviously needs to be read in order. Thus, one star. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by J.
What would you do if you were a kid, and you were asked to spy on a dangerous man, who was trying to rule the world by brainwashing all of humankind? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lydia Perversius
Recently bought discount edition to preview on my kindle,
before I buy hardcopy for my grandsons. Read more
I love love LOVE these books. Everything is amazing, from the characters to the writing to the plot, and it’s not just for kids. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Alicia N.
The novel was recommended to me by a friend as one that is extremely clever and an excellent read, and I must say that I agree on most accounts. Read morePublished 13 days ago by S
This book is a little bit of mystery and even though it is hard, it is really good( there are some huge words)😁Published 14 days ago by Stuart Skeeter
My 12 year old son was skeptical about this book but after the first few chapters he asked for the other books in the seriesPublished 24 days ago by Mary Bradley
bought the whole series and nephew loved it. Was excited to get a new series to read.Published 28 days ago by precise
This is one of those children's books that adults can also enjoy (I speak from personal experience!) - in fact I read the book first and now I am reading it with my son, who is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MP Jones