An Accidental Adventure
C. Alexander London
Philomel Books / Penguin
February 2011 / ISBN 978-0399254871
Fiction / Adventure/ Children’s Ages 9-12
by Jan Fields
Oliver and Cecil Navel live at the famed Explorers Club in New
York because their parents are adventurers. Though the twins would
rather stay home and watch television, they have been dragged on
one adventure after another all their lives. After their mother
disappears, their father makes a bet with the Evil Sir Edmund that
he can find his wife and her discovery. The bet means another adventure
for Oliver and Cecelia, and this time it's up to the twins to save
the day and get cable tv as well.
Action and humor fill every page of this unusual adventure tale
with its unlikely heroes. As much as Oliver and Cecil long for life
as couch potatoes, the book throws them into one harrowing mishap
after another. Having tested the book on my resident tween, I can
say that it produced giggles and demands of "Read another chapter!"
Definitely a hit.