The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress

The Explorers 
By: Adrienne Kress


Release Date : April 25, 2017
Pages: 302
Audience : Ages 8-12

The Story 

Twelve-year old Sebastian lives in a structured world. He follows the rules, enjoys math and science, and he works hard to one day become a brain surgeon. One day, he follows his cousin, Hubert, on a different route home. While walking this new route, Sebastian sees a plaque for an Explorer's Club. The plaque captures his interest, and he returns the next day to see it, but  instead runs into a pig in a tiny hat. As you can imagine, it is with this pig that Sebastian's world is turned upside down and Sebastian soon becomes involved with working The Explorers who think Sebastian needs to break the rules every now and then. 

Enter twelve-year old Evie.  Evie was orphaned after her parents died in a car accident. She spends her days looking out the window of her orphanage wishing for more. When she is not at the orphanage, a local family invites her over to have dinner with them. Evie thinks the family is mundane, but while she is having dinner with them one day, a man enters with a gun. Evie barley escapes alive. As she is leaving the family gives her a letter from her grandfather asking for help. Could Evie have a chance at having a family again? Evie follows her grandfather's direction and ends up at the Explorer's Club. 

Together, Sebastian and Evie work together to find a key that will save Evie's grandfather. 

This is an exciting adventure is a start to a brand new series. It is perfect for young readers who enjoy titles such as the A Series of Unfortunate Events or The Greenglass House. Its mystery is sure to get the attention of reluctant reader's and its wacky sense of humor will keep kids and adults laughing until the end. 

*Please note: I received an advance reader's copy of this title from Random House in exchange for an honest review* 


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