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The Tell-Tale Start (Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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, and a little quantum physics, this series opener is a perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who love the Time Warp Trio, Roald Dahl, and Lemony Snicket.

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Publishers Weekly - Audio
In a new twist on an old favorite, featuring 12-year-olds Edgar and Allen Poe, McAlpine gives us an entertaining and original work of YA fiction. Narrator Arte Johnson delivers a splendid reading that whisks listeners—both young and old—away to a world in which the mischievous twin descendants of the famous literary pioneer find themselves on the run from some very secretive operatives. Johnson’s delivery is stellar and his character interpretations colorful and endlessly creative. The narrator’s ability to grab listeners and lure them into this fantasy is a true treat, and his extensive vocal pallet is something to behold. Endlessly fun and ultimately very satisfying on every level, this recording is a must-have for both diehard Poe fans and those just discovering his work. Ages 8-12. A Viking hardcover. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385368063
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon McAlpine is the author of adult novels ranging from magical realism to hardboiled literary mystery. He lives with his wife in Southern California.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    Enjoyed it.

    Enjoyed it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Listened to the book with 5yr old boy while driving in a few day

    Listened to the book with 5yr old boy while driving in a few days. He was
    very interested with it. He found it funny,  silly, adventurous, learned new
    words /vocabulary, how to pronounce them
    and find synonyms and antonyms for the words. Learned about
    numbers/chronological
    order-what chapter are we Listening, the title of the chapters,  characters,
    and the characters relationship to one another, plot, setting. 
    It was a very entertaining, engaging and educational book to listen. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

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    I dunno about this book. It seemed too much like Edgar and Ellen, which is a great series. But this book seems kinda like a wannabe of that. I'd give it 3.50 stars because it kept me reading it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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