The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: The Explorers (Book 1) | Hardcover: 320 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 25, 2017)
About the Book
Featuring a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat, The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a new series for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Knock once if you can find it—but only members are allowed inside.
This is one of those stories that start with a pig in a teeny hat. It’s not the one you’re thinking about. (This story is way better than that one.)
This pig-in-a-teeny-hat story starts when a very uninquisitive boy stumbles upon a very mysterious society. After that, there is danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, and famous explorers; and there is a girl looking for help that only uninquisitive boys can offer.
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a series that is sure to hit young readers right in the funny bone.
“In this wildly funny adventure,…animals in teeny hats, Wonderland-style logic, and loads of wordplay and sarcasm will keep readers giggling all the way through.“-Kirkus Reviews
“Exhilarating….Fans of a Series of Unfortunate Events will be drawn to this.“—Booklist
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My Thoughts on The Explorers
First of all, the writing is to die for. It’s written in the third person—sort of. There’s a narrator who likes to insert her commentary and opinions into the story and chapter headings, which is hilarious. The “voice” has a matter-of-fact quality to it that make the ridiculous situations even more humorous. I laughed out loud several times while I was reading.
Second, the story itself is all-out FUN. It starts off with a boy named Sebastian who is logical, brilliant, and terrified of change. He stumbles across The Explorer’s Society and meets Evie, which is when his perfectly predictable life unravels. What follows is an adventure involving old-fashioned guns, mangled men, panic attacks, animals in teeny hats, and daring escapes.
I highly recommend The Explorers for kids in the 8-12 age group (and their parents). It also makes a great read-aloud book for the whole family to enjoy together. This book is a hilarious thrill ride and a pure delight to read. So if you have a road trip coming up, this is a good book to take along!
And, this is the first book in a series, so we can look forward to more laughs and adventure in the next book.
Content: Perilous situations.
Source: Thank you to Random House Children’s Books for sending me an ARC.
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