Misadventures of Edgar/Allan
Gordon McAlpine (www.gordonmcalpine.net) is the author of two novels for adults (The Persistence of Memory and Joy in Mudville), the YA/adult crossover novel Mystery Box (which imagines the "real life" of Franklin Dixon and Carolyn Keene, the creators of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew!),and -- of course -- the first Misadventure of Edgar and Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Start. He lives with his wife in Southern California. Sam Zuppardi
(www.samzuppardi.com) is the illustrator of The Tell-Tale Start.
His first picture book, The Nowhere Box
, has just been released. He lives in York, England.
A perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who love Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.
In The Tell-Tale Start, Edgar and Allan Poe (great-great-great-great-grandnephews of the legendary Edgar Allan Poe) managed to outwit the nefarious Professor P. Pangborn Perry, who was (and is) determined to kill just one of them, in order to prove a mad scientific theory. Now the boys are in New Orleans, about to play the young Poe in a feature film. But the role may cost them their lives, because now someone else wants them dead. But who? And can the twinswith the help of their co-stars, Em and Milly Dickinson, their ghostly forebear, and a pair of real ghostsmanage to outwit them?
Praise for Edgar & Allan Poe!
"The clever twins, together with some new characters (the Dickinson twin girls, Em and Milly), must foil the villainous plans and help uncover a long lost pirate treasure...intrigue as well as amusement as the clues unfold. Pen-and-ink drawings add to the quirky fun."--School Library Journal
"The psychically linked twins lay a pair of New Orleans ghosts to rest while surviving a new threat to their lives in this...gumbo of jokes, codes, treasure, history, mystery and assorted literary references."--Kirkus Reviews
"Once again the clever boys bring dastardly villains to justice while effortlessly outwitting every grown-up in sight. McAlpine uses New Orleans as a colorful backdrop for a tale of comedy and adventure."--Booklist