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We Are Not Eaten by Yaks

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Eleven-year-old twins Oliver and Celia Navel live on the 4-1/2th floor of the Explorers Club with their father, Dr. Navel. Their mother, Dr. Navel, has been missing for years. So when an explorer shows up with a clue as to where his wife could be, Dr. Navel drags Oliver and Celia to Tibet to find her. Once there, the twins fall out of airplanes, encounter Yetis, travel through waterfalls, and end up in the Demon Fortress of the Warrior King where they-just possibly-might find their mother and save their father ...

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Overview

Eleven-year-old twins Oliver and Celia Navel live on the 4-1/2th floor of the Explorers Club with their father, Dr. Navel. Their mother, Dr. Navel, has been missing for years. So when an explorer shows up with a clue as to where his wife could be, Dr. Navel drags Oliver and Celia to Tibet to find her. Once there, the twins fall out of airplanes, encounter Yetis, travel through waterfalls, and end up in the Demon Fortress of the Warrior King where they-just possibly-might find their mother and save their father from the Poison Witches. Thing is, they would much rather be watching television. And if their trip doesn't work out as planned, the twins could end up as slaves to Sir Edmund Thitheltorpe III, an evil explorer with breath that smells like boiled carrots, who has it in for the whole Navel family.

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  • C. Alexander London
    C. Alexander London  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In adult author London's first children's book, aptly classified as an accidental adventure, twins Celia and Oliver Navel (don't call them couch potatoes—in their words they're "audiovisual enthusiasts") are reluctantly sucked into a pursuit of the Lost Tablets of Alexandria to save their explorer parents. The bantering twins would rather be mindlessly watching their favorite TV shows, like Love at 30,000 Feet and The World's Greatest Animal Chases Three, but instead are dragged off on another tedious trek by their father. Soon they are being booted from an airplane midflight, going toe-to-toe with a yeti, and running from a disgruntled faux-lama. It takes a few chapters for the story to ramp up, but then the pages are packed with action, so much so that some readers may have trouble following everything. Still, the twins' struggles are absurdly comical—at one point, a clan of witches tries to poison their "Yak Butter Stew"—making for boisterous reading. Readers will love the clever, ridiculous means by which the twins triumph over their pursuers as their TV expertise helps them outwit many bumbling adults. Art not seen by PW. Ages 10–up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Eleven-year-old twins Oliver and Celia Navel hate adventures or going anywhere, and would prefer to watch hours and hours of television. Unfortunately, their parents are world-renowned explorers and live on the 4 ½ floor of the Explorers Club in New York City, so the children don't have much choice about going on great excursions. Their mother disappeared months ago while attempting to locate lost tablets from the library at Alexandria. To make matters worse, their father bets an Explorers Club board member that he can find his wife and make one of the greatest discoveries known to mankind: finding Shangri-la. At the club, the twins overhear a conversation about destroying their father, and they attempt to warn him. One thing leads to another, and the three Navels travel to Nepal in search of the children's missing mother. Somehow everything goes awry, and the action becomes nonstop. The three of them are ejected from a plane without a parachute, meet a Lama and a few monks, and the adventures keep coming. While there's quite a bit of repetition about the children's addiction to television, and some of the situations are over-the-top, London establishes a quick pace and provides plenty of wit and humor.—Patty Saidenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

Eleven-year-old twins Celia and Oliver Navel have little in common with their famous explorer parents. Celia and Oliver find adventure and explorationboooorinnng. What really excites them is hours and hours of TV...Love at 30,000 Feet,Greatest Animal Chases,Agent Zero. There's no escape from explorers, though, since they live at New York's Explorers' Club with their dad—their mother is missing. When a clue to her whereabouts arrives, Dr. Ogden Navel drags his children along for the quest, and getting tossed out of the airplane mid-flight is but the first step on the journey. Awaiting them are Yetis, talking yaks, poison witches and an evil council of megalomaniacal explorers bent on using the Lost Library of Alexandria to take over the world. London's debut,the first in a series (if the leading final pages are any indication), is a fine combination of dry wit and slapstick. An overabundance of references to fake TV shows palls as the reluctant adventurers use their tube-fueled smarts to make it back to civilization, but the quirky characters and Snicket-esque narrator should ensure a fan following. Art not seen.(Adventure. 9-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399254871
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Accidental Adventure Series , #1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 435,371
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Alexander London is an award-winning author of nonfiction for grown-ups, an accomplished skeet-shooter, a master SCUBA diver, and a fully licensed librarian. He has watched television in 23 countries, survived an erupting volcano, a hurricane, 4 civil wars, and a mysterious bite on his little toe in the jungles of Thailand. Currently, C. Alexander London lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Awesome

    I read this book and its amazing you should read it. Im so exsited to read the 2nd book. And im picky on books so you know its good if i like it

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    My favorire book eeevvveeeerr!

    I am twelve years old and this is my favorite book in the world. I love the whole series! I normally HATE reading...but for some strange reason I can never put this book down! This is the PERFECT book if you love adventure. I always recomend this book to all of my friend and they love it just as much as I do. This truly is a book like no other, full of adventure and twists and turns. I would recomend this to EVERYBODY! The accidental adverture series is really an AMAZING series <3

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    This book is awesome

    I am not a huge reader , but I loved this book



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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    satirical lighthearted humorous adventure thriller

    The eleven-year-old Navel Twins (Oliver and Celia) prefer armchair traveling rather than physically explore the world. However the tweeners are the offspring of the Lower east Side Explorers Club's top guns; who drag them around the globe for smelly adventures in Mongolia and Africa, and islands not found in an atlas. In fact, the pair is the only children who attend the annual club gala.

    Recently their mom disappeared and their dad wagered with evil rival Sir Edmund S. Tithletorpe-Schmidt III that he will not only find her but they discover one of the greatest finds ever. He anteed with his fifth graders, who if their dad fails, will be Sir Edmund's servants until they graduate high school. However, when dear old dad becomes ill in Tibet after meeting poison witches; sneering Sir Edmund demands remittance. Thus the kids now know a fate worst than adventure awaits them; so giving up TV and other electrons, they fly to Tibet to rescue their dad and then their mom and by the way discover that great historical find. If they save the world and not get chewed by a humongous yak that would be wonderful but only if the cable is working in the Himalayas.

    Targeting the middle school crowd, We Are Not Eaten by Yaks because they are herbivores while yetis are not is an exciting adventure thriller filled with satirical lighthearted humor. The stars are couch potatoes who are forced into the wild without a remote as they now know is a fate worse than an Accidental Adventure.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Good book

    This was a great book. It was a little boring in the beginning but it got better. There is a lot of questions; did lama norbu get eaten by a yeti? Did mom stay and fight sir edmund s titheltorpe schmidt three? Does the yak hold a grudge? Recommended for ages 8 to 14. I cant wait to read the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Awsome

    It was above and beyond awsome i loved every second of it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Im in

    Im devistator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Biowar

    "Heh."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Ace

    Transforms into plane and follows megatron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Alyssa

    Stumbled in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Megatron

    Nods slowly. "Let's go." Backflips into a Cybertronian plane, flying out to Cybertron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Awesome

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    A great book if you hate to read.

    This book is so funny! But adventrous. My favorite adventure book. I would reccomend it. If you don' t like books, read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Ok

    My best friend recomended this book when we had a sleepover and i sampled it on my nook color but the sample is not that long butotherthan that its ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    awsome

    This is like, the best series ever. I cant wait for the third book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    LUVED IT

    It was awesomeness! Peace out girl scoutz! Peace out boy scoutz!

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    Posted March 31, 2012

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