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The Tell-Tale Start (Hardcover)
Meet Edgar and Allan Poe -- twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies.When theirbelovedblack cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convincetheir guardians that it's time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well asdeeper questions: What is the boys' telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the Great Beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years?
With amix of literary humor, mystery, a little quantum physics, and fun extras likefortune cookie messages, letters in code, license plate clues --andplayful illustrations thoughout --this series opener is a perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who lovethe Time Warp Trio, Roald Dahl, and Lemony Snicket.
About the Author
Gordon McAlpine is the author of adult novels ranging from magical realism to hardboiled literary mystery. This is his first work for younger readers. He lives with his wife in Southern California. His Web site is www.gordonmcalpine.net.
Sam Zuppardi used to draw pictures at school when he was supposed to be doing work. In fact, he still draws pictures, though he is no longer at school. At the moment he lives in York, England which is a very picturesque city and particularly good for ghost walks. Sam likes a good ghost walk. Visit his Web site at www.samzuppardi.com"
This book is one of the most page-turning, gut wrenching and downright readable books about crime, police and drug dealers I've ever read. The grit of the book practically leaves sand in your mouth, as the life of "King of Manhattan North" - dirty cop Denny Malone - goes from the top of the heap to a crash so low, it's almost beyond Hell. This is not for the faint-at-heart, nor is it without its redemption, but Winslow's superb pacing, terrific characters and realism struck a chord with this reader. I loved every minute of this unflinching look at police corruption in this hard-to-put-down book. - Maureen