The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine
(Misadventures of Edgar/Allan)

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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.


 

About Gordon McAlpine

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Gordon McAlpine (www.gordonmcalpine.net) is the author of novels and nonfiction for teenagers and adults. This is her first book for younger readers. Sam Zuppardi (www.samzuppardi.com) lives in England.
 
Published January 10, 2013 by Puffin. 189 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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McAlpine also creates suspense by incorporating secret memos, e-mails, text messages, and other documents under the heading “What The Poe Twins Did Not Know.” The reader is made aware of the imminent danger long before the heroes have a clue.

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