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 ( is the author of novels and nonfiction for teenagers and adults. This is her first book for younger readers. Sam Zuppardi ( 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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