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The adventurer's guide to successful escapes, Wade Albert White ; illustrations by Mariano Epelbaum

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The adventurer's guide to successful escapes
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The adventurer's guide to successful escapes
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Wade Albert White ; illustrations by Mariano Epelbaum
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adventurers guide to successful escapes
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Language
eng
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"In a magickal world of floating tiers, mischievous dragons, and endless bureaucracy, Anne and her friends embark on a Rightful Heir Quest to claim her place in the Hierarchy and escape horrible consequences"--
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  • Grades 3-6 A neglected orphan, a heartless matron, an enchanted gauntlet, and a seemingly impossible task? A magical adventure is afoot! Anne has been counting down the days until she turns 13 and can finally leave Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. This dream is smashed, however, when the matron conspires to keep Anne at the orphanage for another year. A rash midnight escape lands Anne and her best friend, Penelope, at an adventurer’s academy, where the girls and a brainy boy named Hiro are given their very first quest—and it’s a doozy. Clues send the untrained adventurers to different “tiers” (airborne islands) in a high-stakes race against the clock. White gathers up familiar tropes in his debut, but his tongue-in-cheek writing keeps the story funny and fresh. The quest, it is soon apparent, is an orchestrated challenge, with complex rules and assigned roles, such as “Official Antagonist,” giving the story a gamelike feel. Slight character developments and fast pacing—not to mention dragons and robots—will keep readers invested in this lighthearted new series. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 7/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 21, p63)
  • Gr 4–6—At age 13, Anvil, known as Anne, is preparing to leave St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. She is neither wicked nor hideous, but with no knowledge of her family or origin, she has little hope of fulfilling her dream of entering a quest academy. But isn't it her luck that just at this point she falls off the edge of the earth? It's easy to do when one's world is comprised of different small islands and tiers. Luckily, a strange woman and a dragon rescue Anne. Unfortunately, a metal gauntlet is now attached permanently to her arm. Suddenly, Anne's life becomes a whirlwind as she snaps up a medallion that turns her into a leader of a Rightful Heir Quest (as the blacksmith, no less). With her best friend Penelope (who has no weapons training) and her new companion, Hiro (whose magic abilities are questionable), Anne sets off on an adventure with a goal everyone is ill prepared to achieve. Throughout their adventures, the three are stymied by ancient technology, the Official Antagonist, and the Deceiver Card. Each chapter begins with tongue-in-cheek quotes that add humor and build the legitimacy of this created world, reminiscent of Caroline Carlson's "Very Nearly Honorable Pirate Society" series. The narrator's sarcastic undertone is an additional clue that readers should not take things so seriously. However, this fast-paced adventure deals with deep themes, such as wanting to know one's place in the world, which is not completely resolved for Anne. Notable also is that Anne is a black protagonist, offering some much needed diversity to the fantasy genre for this age group. VERDICT The first in a fantasy adventure series with a unique crew of characters, this will tickle funny bones and leave readers awaiting the next installment.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA --Clare A. Dombrowski (Reviewed 07/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 7, p74)
  • Enter a world of magick, quests, and dragons with fireball powers in White's debut.Under the Matron's thumb, Anne and her best friend, Penelope, spend most of their time toiling away at St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children and counting down the days until they can leave. Unfortunately, as an orphan with "no proof of origin," Anne has very few prospects. But that all changes when she and Penelope are invited to join a local quest academy and Anne stumbles into a high-level Rightful Heir quest. The stakes are high, and with minimal quest training and only three days and 14 1/2 hours, Anne, Penelope, and their new quest member, Hiro, must outsmart the meddling Wizards' Council, crack indecipherable riddles, and extricate themselves from odd scenarios. Featuring a colorful and diverse cast of characters (including the academy's cat headmistress) and sometimes ridiculous yet nail-biting action, this is a highly distinctive, smart take on the fantasy novel. All the tropes are there, but White unabashedly calls attention to them, adding to the hilarity. Delightfully, Anne has dark brown skin, while sidekick Penelope is white. In this series opener, readers will find a humorous tale of adventure, friendship, and courage, all led by a brown-skinned protagonist. (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2016)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10527600
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
White, Wade Albert
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
770L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.1.W448
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1975-
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Epelbaum, Mariano
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True
Series statement
Adventurer's guide
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Magic
  • Dragons
  • Escapes
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The adventurer's guide to successful escapes, Wade Albert White ; illustrations by Mariano Epelbaum
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Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First trade paperback edition.
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780316305266
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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The adventurer's guide to successful escapes, Wade Albert White ; illustrations by Mariano Epelbaum
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First trade paperback edition.
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780316305266
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations

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