A prequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society books, this is the story of the Society’s founder Nicholas Benedict when he was a nine-year-old orphan dealing with bullies, narcolepsy, night terrors, oblivious grown-ups, and trying to find a treasure that will solve all his problems. There are a few bright spots: at his latest orphanage, he makes a friend and there’s a fabulous library, but he knows unless he finds this treasure, he’s facing years of misery.
If you don’t mind reading books for kids, The Benedict Society books are a lot of fun. Genius children facing extraordinary challenges, sometimes created by evil geniuses which must be fought, but in this one more about the challenges of life most of us face: school, friends, everyday problems that even with being a genius Nicholas doesn’t find easy to solve.
I read this for several reasons: 1) it’s a chunkster, 2) it’s a book I wish I could have read as a kid and 3) it’s been on my TBR shelf for a couple years now.