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Flu Review - The Explorers: The Door In The Alley by, Adrienne Kress

 

Sebastian, a very regular sort of boy with a regular sort of life finds himself in a very irregular situation.  It all started with his very unpredictable cousin taking the wrong road home.  This, however, led him to meeting a girl named Evie who happens to be the other main character in the story.  She is on a journey of her own having lost her parents and trying to find her way in the world alone.  When she receives a letter from her grandfather who is her only remaining family, she will do anything to find him.  As Sebastian and Evie become close friends they begin to help each other and that means looking for Alistair Drake, a missing member of the famous group of explorers called “The Filipendulous Five”.  Also, he happens to be Evie’s grandfather.  The two set out in search of help from the remaining disbanded members and run into all kinds of danger and peril while doing so.  Someone does not want them succeeding.  In a daring journey to uncover the truth and bring Alistair home we are left wondering where this will all lead.

 

Adrienne Kress does a wonderful job of creating a sense of adventure with just the right amount of tension to make this story exciting.  From the strange Explorers Society to being chased by bad guys, the scenes are expertly laid out to draw out the most in the readers imagination.  The oddities in the plot such as the pig in the teeny hat cast a humorous atmosphere without detracting from the intense story.  Each page is a pleasure to read and it is hard to put down.  

 

I found The Explorers: The Door In The Alley refreshingly innocent as the friendship between the two main characters moves to new levels.  The reader is treated to an inside look at the high and low points of developing a relationship with another person.  The struggles with ones own issues as well as the annoyances of having to deal with another persons idiosyncrasies.  In the end they find a stronger friendship for having gone through crisis together.

 

Sebastian ends up lying to his parents and ducking out of school in order to help Evie which of course is to be expected in a fictional adventure, but it would be a good discussion topic for real life kids.  In the course of the story both kids change for the better because being an influence on each other and this is something that a reader enjoys because of being able to escape real life for a time and loose themselves in a good book.  So, I don’t feel it mars the book at all but is just a point of interest.

 

This is the first book in the series and I look forward to reading the others.   It is a definite must read for young curious minds and it is well composed for a lovely all around story.  For those reasons I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

By Jenny

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