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Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

by Adrienne Kress

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list price: $19.99
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published: 2007
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

Ten-year-old orphan Alex lives with her uncle. A disillusioned sixth grade student at the classy Wigpowder-Steele Academy, she is bored with her classes, her teachers and her peers. When a new school year begins and Mr. Underwood is assigned to her homeroom, Alex begins to take note of exciting possibilites for learning. He makes lessons fun — and relevant to Alex’s interest in fencing and swashbuckling activities. After all, Mr. Underwood is a descendant of a famous pirate! What could be more intriguing after years of dull classroom studies?

To add to her enthusiasm, the pirates of a ship named the Ironic Gentleman kidnap Mr. Underwood, thereby setting a course for Alex’s adventure into intrigue, fantasy, mystery and fun. The map to Underwood’s long lost family treasure is key to the kidnappers’ revenge and young Alex is determined to undertake the mission of not only rescuing her teacher but also discovering the treasure before it is unearthed by the evil pirates. Although she squirms over having to give foot rubs to sinister characters with damp, squishy, smelly feet, Alex forges ahead and with the company of Giggles her cat, her determination to conquer sets a tone of independence and self-discovery throughout adversity.

Adrienne Kress has designed an engagingly smart recipe of fantasy, adventure and ironic twists.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

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Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

On her quest to find the Infamous Wigpowder treasure and her kidnapped yearsix teacher, Alex is hotly pursued by Pirate Captain Steele the Inevitable.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Reader's Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
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Here is the tale of Alex and her quest to find the Infamous Wigpowder treasure and her kidnapped year-six teacher, Mr. Underwood. Along the way she encounters the likes of the Shakespeare-quoting Octopus, the talking walk-in fridge and a 1930's playboy who steals souls. She also rides a doomed Art Deco party train and goes to sea with Captain Magnanimous and the HMS Valiant. All this while being hotly pursued by the Daughters of the Founding Fathers Preservation Society, and Pirate Captain Steele the Inevitable, captain of the most deadly pirate ship this side of the equator, The Ironic Gentleman!

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Contributor notes

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. This is Adrienne's first novel.

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Adrienne Kress

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and writer. Her books include the award-winning and internationally published novels Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate, and Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (with bestselling author Frank Beddor), as well as the steampunk novel The Friday Society and the gothic Outcast. She is also the author of the quirky three-book series The Explorers. Adrienne's first foray into writing horror came with her work on the Bendy and the Ink Machine novels, but as an actor she has had the pleasure of being creepy in such horror films as Devil's Mile and Wolves. And she took great pleasure in getting to haunt teenagers in SyFy's Neverknock. Find her at AdrienneKress.com and on Twitter/Instagram @AdrienneKress.
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