The So Very Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
Cat recommended some of her favorite middle grade books as part of our summer reading series and now I'm going to recommend one of mine. The Mysterious Benedict Society series is one of my favourites series to read as an adult and I know I would have loved them as a kid. Filled with mysteries and clues that you need to figure out -- and that the children in the book figure out along with you -- it's a fun book to read by yourself or with your kids. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict is a prequel to the series that will tell you how the society got started and gives us a bit more insight into the very mysterious Nicholas Benedict. This book had been sitting sadly neglected on my reading shelf until Allison's review prompted me to move it to the top of my reading pile. - Karen
Nicholas's ingenuity and the friendships he develops are a genuine pleasure to read about. His attempts to outwit both adults and children are not always successful, but when they are, they are great fun as they unfold. Nicholas balances daily life in an orphanage with the novel's big mystery, and developments and resolution of both are satisfying.