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The Drackenberg Adventure (Vesper Holly Series)

The Drackenberg Adventure (Vesper Holly Series)

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by Lloyd Alexander
     
 

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When Vesper is invited to Drackenberg's Golden Jubilee, she and her guardians find themselves involved in an attempted overthrow of the government, the disappearance of a priceless painting-and a kidnapping by evil Dr. Helvitius. Just business as usual!

"Has it all: a beautiful heroine, frustrated villains, hairbreadth escapes. . .Must have been almost as

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When Vesper is invited to Drackenberg's Golden Jubilee, she and her guardians find themselves involved in an attempted overthrow of the government, the disappearance of a priceless painting-and a kidnapping by evil Dr. Helvitius. Just business as usual!

"Has it all: a beautiful heroine, frustrated villains, hairbreadth escapes. . .Must have been almost as much fun to write as it is to read,"
-The Horn Book

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her latest bout with villainy, Vesper Holly of The Illyrian Adventure and The El Dorado Adventure is accompanied by her legal guardians Professor Brinton and his wife Mary to Drackenberg to attend the Diamond Jubilee of the Grand Duchess. Immediately upon their arrival, Vesper and her companions become involved in Drackenberg's struggle to remain independent from neighboring Carpatia. The appearance of Vesper's archenemy, the dastardly Dr. Helvitius, is a sure sign that trouble is soon to follow. In the course of their stay, Vesper and Brinnie travel with a band of gypsies in order to rescue Mary from kidnappers, recover a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, discover a way to revive Drackenberg's economy and foil (for the time being, anyway) the evil machinations of Dr. Helvitius. Although the Vesper Holly novels rarely touch on the serious topics explored in some of Alexander's earlier novels (The Prydain Chronicles and The Westmark Trilogy), each effervescent addition to the series is a pleasure to read. Deft storytelling combines with thorough research to create a seamless, fantastic vision of 19th century life. Ages 10-14. (April)
Children's Literature
Originally published in 1988, this novel is one in the "Vesper Holly" series. Seventeen-year-old Vesper Holly lives with her elderly guardians—Brinnie (the story's narrator) and his wife Mary—in Philadelphia. Always searching for adventure, Vesper convinces her guardians to attend the Grand Duchess of Drackenburg's Diamond Jubilee. Anticipating an exciting European adventure, Vesper and her guardians get more than they bargain for when they get caught up in an attempted overthrow of the government and the discovery of a priceless painting by a famous Renaissance artist. In the midst of this drama, Vesper encounters her archenemy, Dr. Hevitius, who kidnaps Mary. This mystery novel moves briskly with the interesting first person narration by the elderly Brinnie. Vesper, brave beyond her years, is an exciting, though at times predictable, heroine. 2001, Puffin Books, $5.99. Ages 9 up. Reviewer:Rebecca Joseph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141304717
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Vesper Holly Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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The Drackenberg Adventure (Vesper Holly Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very adventurous book about a girl who is followed everywhere by adventure. Even when she's on vacation.