In this sequel to The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes (2016), Anne, Penelope, and Hiro are back for a second round of hilarity and impossible adventures.
After their last quest nearly destroyed the world, the three friends are settling in at St. Lupin’s Quest Academy. Their peace is shattered when a boy named Valerian steals Anne’s gauntlet at the Quest Academy Awards and the trio find themselves thrown into yet another quest. Their mission is to kill the dragon queen—which is illegal and could result in war. Anne and her team don’t intend to kill the queen, but Valerian is in cahoots with the Copper Knights (8-foot-tall, terrifying hunks of metal), who will stop at nothing to make sure she dies. It is up to Anne, Penelope, and Hiro to stop them. This quest takes them through a series of dizzying escapades that include searching for the legendary Three-Handed Sword, fighting for their lives in the dragon trials, and looking for a pair of eyes on the slopes of an active volcano. While White extricates the adventurers from scrapes with overly convenient solutions, readers will still find pleasure in his sense of humor. The sequel also offers more clues to Anne’s mysterious background. Anne is black, Penelope is white, and Hiro appears to be Asian in Epelbaum’s illustrations.
Fans of the first will not be disappointed with this humorous sequel. (Fantasy. 8-12)