|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
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
(Click on Images to Enlarge)
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 was at my daughter's house and found this book. Her daughter is an avid reader. I opened it started reading it and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kathy Harder
My eight year old read this and highly recommended it to me. I didn't expect to be as enthralled by it as I was. She was right. Read morePublished 12 days ago by D. Tilman
The Mysterious Benedict Society is the best series my son has ever read!!!''''' He loves these books! Reading one makes him want to read the next one in the series!Published 13 days ago by Elle
Got it quickly and the quality of the book as it was described in really good condition. My son loves these books and I love being able to purchase them at a great price. Read morePublished 16 days ago by T. Farrer-Myers
LOVE this book! I just finished the series, but this book is what started it all. Quick read because it was so engaging, I got wrapped up on the characters quickly. Read morePublished 19 days ago by CHS
My grandson loved this book so much that he had to have all the books in the seriesPublished 19 days ago by jeannie williams