Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Waiting on Wednesday (138): The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine
The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Start
Author: Gordon McAlpine
Illustrator: Sam Zuppardi
Publisher: Viking Children's
Publish Date: January 10, 2013
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Meet Edgar and Allan Poe -- twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies. When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it's time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well as deeper questions: What is the boys' telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the Great Beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years?
With a mix of literary humor, mystery, a little quantum physics, and fun extras like fortune cookie messages, letters in code, license plate clues -- and playful illustrations thoughout -- this series opener is a perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who love the Time Warp Trio, Roald Dahl, and Lemony Snicket.
*Why I want to read this? Descendents of Edgar Allan Poe, telepathy, literary humor, illustrations, and mystery all make this a fun must-read for me. - Jessica
Check out one of Sam Zuppardi's illustrations of Edgar and Allan from his website:
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