"I read Alex and the Ironic Gentleman
, and to be honest it had me at the title. A clever title to live up to and the story did not disappoint. I found it quirky, hilarious and genuinely exhilirating. There was a nod to Lewis Carroll and a wink to Charles Dickens, but no more than that, Adrienne's words are packed with originality. Alex is a wonderful hero who deserves to return for further adventures, indeed I suspect there will be a riot if she does not. Great plot, larger than life characters. The future is bright." -- Eoin Colfer, Best-selling Author of the Artemis Fowl Series
"This is a swashbuckling tale of adventure and loyalty in the tradition of The Princess Bride and Harry Potter." -- Michelle Branch, Editor Smartgirl.orgStarred Review.
Kress's debut is a wonderful blend of whimsy and moral, with winks at the reader on every page. Alex, who lives with her uncle in the flat above their doorknob shop, is dreading the sixth grade and the stern teacher who comes with it, but on the first day she learns that a new teacher has been installed - the young Mr. Underwood ("a marvelous teacher despite being ever so distinctly odd"). He turns out to be a descendant of a famous pirate, and soon three vicious men turn up in town, looking for a map to a fabled family treasure. The map is somewhere in a stately manor house, run by the vicious old ladies of the Daughters of the Founding Fathers' Preservation Society; Alex finds the map and escapes, but returns home to find that her uncle has been killed and Mr. Underwood has been kidnapped by the pirates of the shop Ironic Gentleman. She sets off to find him and has some odd encounters along the way (at one point, she meets an enormous octopus, distraught over how computer animation has wrecked his movie career). Eventually, Alex ends up on the Ironic Gentleman, face to face with the dreaded Captain Steele the Inevitable, whose identity comes as a big surprise. Kress has a delightfully simple, observational prose style that recalls A.A. Milne, right down to the frequent capitalization of Good Things and Very Interesting Things and so on. This inspired book should hold up to many re-readings. Ages 10-up. -- Publishers Weekly, September 2007
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About the Author
Adrienne Kress, a writer and actor, was born and raised in Toronto. She earned her degree in drama from the University of Toronto and moved to England to study futher at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Her play, A Weekend in the Country, was produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On a visit to the quaint city of Bath, in the UK, Adrienne was inspired by everything she saw. It was in this town that the story of Alex and the Ironic Gentleman was created.
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