The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was the best book of the series. It is a great book for gifted kids and adults, as well as any kid who likes to read. Benedict's parents were scientists who were killed in an explosion. He was taken by a relative who died and he was placed in a series of orphanages. He suffered from narcolepsy which often caused him to fall asleep whenever he experienced strong emotions or fear and he also suffered from night terrors which constantly awoke the other orphans. Being a genius, having a photographic memory, and being able to read a book in only a few minutes also set him apart from the other children.
His adjustment was at his latest orphanage was difficult and he was a target of bullies. Eventually, he was able to use his genius to protect some of the other children and finally make friends. The book is full of situations that seem insolvable, but Nicholas prevails and manages to carve out a niche for himself.
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