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Alex & The Ironic Gentleman

By Adrienne Kress

Alex & The Ironic Gentleman
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2007,
    288 pages.
    Age range: Children


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Ages 8-12. Alex hates Wigpowder-Steele Academy because as much as she enjoys learning, she doesn't enjoy wearing a uniform with a skirt. She also doesn't enjoy her teachers, who are all very old and smell funny and don't seem to know about any of the developments that have happened in the world in the last thirty years. And she most definitely does not enjoy her peers, who are quite simply ridiculous. However, that's okay, too, because her peers don't enjoy her much either. Luckily for Alex, the new school year brings an exciting new teacher. Mr. Underwood makes lessons fun and teaches her how to fence. But Mr. Underwood has a mysterious family secret—the swashbuckling and buried treasure kind—and not everyone is glad he has come to Wigpowder-Steele.

When the pirates of a ship called The Ironic Gentleman kidnap her beloved teacher, Alex sets off on a through-the-looking-glass journey to rescue him, along the way encountering a steady stream of hilarious and colorful characters, including one Captain Magnanimous, Coriander the Conjurer, and the Extremely Ginormous Octopus.

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"Starred Review. 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.

"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 exhilarating. 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, author of the Artemis Fowl Series.

"A fun read but flawed by the randomness' of Alex's world. She has lived in a perfectly normal town all her short life, and attended a rather dull school; but all of a sudden, without falling down a rabbit hole or driving through a toll-booth, she appears to be living in an entirely different world - one populated with talking animals, where none previously existed; soul-sucking bad guys in the place of daily drudgery; and wind-powered ships with cannons, despite the fact that elsewhere in the story Alex encounters a movie-crew using high tech computer aided effects. Three of us, aged 46 to 12, read Alex and The Ironic Gentleman. We all expected to, and wanted to, enjoy the story but, at the end of the day, found it disappointing - fantasy worlds can come in many stripes, but within their alternate realm there needs to be some attempt at consistency!" - BookBrowse.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Leontina
best book ever
This book is awesome and very interesting. i have read many book in my life before but none this good. I admire Adrienne Kress for making a book this good. I would suggest every child or grown up to read this delightful book witch will make your emotions turn many times

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Adrienne Kress is a writer and actress from Toronto. This is her first novel. The Weinstein Co. and its new Weinstein Books division (formerly Miramax) have acquired publishing and movie rights to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and it's planned sequel.

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