Monday, May 1, 2017

Blog Tour Review - THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY (The Explorers #1) by Adrienne Kress

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Print ARC from publisher

Featuring a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat, The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a new series for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Knock once if you can find it—but only members are allowed inside. 

This is one of those stories that start with a pig in a teeny hat. It’s not the one you’re thinking about. (This story is way better than that one.) 

This pig-in-a-teeny-hat story starts when a very uninquisitive boy stumbles upon a very mysterious society. After that, there is danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, and famous explorers; and also a girl on a rescue mission.

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a series that is sure to hit young readers right in the funny bone.


I can't think of anything more wonderful than a good, heartfelt book for children. One that's funny, adventurous, and an all around fun story that is sure to appeal to both the younger and older crowd. Sebastian is the logical one; the one keeps things in perspective for us. While our other main character, Evie, the complete opposite. I loved it. 

When Max stumbles upon the Explorers club, things start getting downright fun. I spent the remainder of the book falling helplessly in love with two amazing characters and the other half, laughing out loud. Books like this are so perfect for young readers. The friendship is unique and endearing. 

Overall, I look forward to more books in the series. When I just want to unwind and I don't feel like resting a plot angst book about two lovers who can't get it together, this is the type of book I want to get lost in. 

*Thank you to the publisher for sending a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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About the Author:

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

2016 saw the release of HATTER MADIGAN: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X., an exciting collaboration with NY Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (set in the same world as his Looking Glass Wars YA books). And April 2017 she releases the first book in her new Middle Grade series: THE EXPLORERS - The Door in the Alley (Delacorte, Random House).

October 2016 her essay appeared alongside work by the likes of Margaret Atwood and Mariko Tamaki in the non-fiction anthology THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS (Dark Horse).

She is also the author of two other children's novels: ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN and TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON'S GATE (Scholastic). And also the YA novels, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY (Steampunk Adventure from Dial Penguin, 2012) and OUTCAST (a quirky YA paranormal romance from Diversion Books, 2013).

Some more info about Adrienne: she is a theatre graduate of the Univeristy of Toronto and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. Published around the world, ALEX was featured in the New York Post as a "Post Potter Pick," as well as on the CBS early show. It won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in the UK and was nominated for the Red Cedar. The sequel, TIMOTHY, was nominated for the Audie, Red Cedar and Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, and was recently optioned for film. THE FRIDAY SOCIETY was nominated for a Quill Award, and has been optioned for television.

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