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WE ARE NOT EATEN BY YAKS by C. Alexander London


From the Accidental Adventure series, volume 1

by C. Alexander London

Age Range: 9 - 14

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-399-25487-1
Publisher: Philomel

Eleven-year-old twins Celia and Oliver Navel have little in common with their famous explorer parents. Celia and Oliver find adventure and exploration boooorinnng. 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)