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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
This book was extraordinarily well paced with clever wordplay and pure wit. Anyone who enjoyed Lemony Snicket books or The Templeton Twins series (by Ellis Wiener) would love the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by H. Carter / kid reviewer
Captivating read. Twists and turns, spies, secrets and action. Love the birthday surprise at the end. I recommend it for all.Published 1 day ago by olive knight
Good complexity for pre-high school readers. Very little violence.Published 4 days ago by James Owen
When I finished the Maximum Ride series there was a hole in my heart. When I finished this book I felt like nothing could stop me. I recommend this book if you like adventure.Published 7 days ago by Melanie R. Erickson
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 14 days 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 14 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 16 days ago by Aly