Monday, August 22, 2016

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

This is not a nice orphanage.  The orphans have chores to do, some work in the coal mines, and they only get enough to eat to keep them alive.  When they turn thirteen, they're ejected from the school.  If they are lucky, they can be accepted into a quest academy and begin training.   If not, they go away to another work crew, who knows where.  They don't have much but it's better than nothing.  Anne has Penelope as a friend and they are determined to go on an adventure.  Boy, do they!

Little Brown Book for Children sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.

This is a fantastic adventure with lots of action, plenty of good versus evil, robots, animated knight's armor and dragons.  With some magic, a riddle and good brain power, Anne gets closer and closer to the truth of who she is.  She has yellow eyes, doesn't remember her parents and doesn't even know what tier she's come from.  She wants to find out who she is but she also is longing for adventure.

When she runs after dog, who got away, she falls off one tier down to another.  The lady she meets there tells her she's come to get her for a quest.  When she asks if she can bring others, the lady says the more the merrier.  She returns to get Pen and gets caught by the matron, who takes the gauntlet she was given and throws her in the dungeon.  Pen gets her out, she retrieves the gauntlet and the book she was reading, and she's ready to go when the gauntlet attaches itself to her hand and attracts a medallion.  This is when all the fun begins!

It's a mighty quest, a brave adventure and new challenges come up every few pages.  I really enjoyed reading this one and can't wait for the next book.  She's in her rightful place now but it doesn't mean the challenge is over...

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