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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon McAlpine Narrator: Arte Johnson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe Release Date:
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Meet Edgar and Allan Poe—twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they’re almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies. When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it’s time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well as deeper questions: What is the boys’ telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the great beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years?

With a mix of humor, mystery, and a little quantum physics, this series opener is a perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who love the Time Warp Trio series, Roald Dahl, and Lemony Snicket.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The light horror, snarky laughs, and…prank-loving protagonists should particularly appeal to fans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The book is funny, outrageously punny, and intricately plotted in a way that will captivate young readers.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Middle-grade fans…will enjoy this.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2013 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/16/2014

    " This was a promising series opener for the Poe twins, Edgar and Allan. The boys are descendants of Edgar Allan Poe. The 7th graders are frightfully smart and love a good prank. Alas, they find themselves expelled from their school though, not for their usual shenanigans, but for cheating on a test they didn't cheat on. Home-schooling is boring until their cat, Roderick, goes missing. A trip to Kansas ensues. Mystery abounds, but are the twins in over their heads? Students in 4th-7th grades will enjoy this fun mystery, and learn a little bit about Edgar Allan Poe as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine Crawford | 2/15/2014

    " Cute middle-grade book with clever references to literature. Not quite as good as the Series of Unfortunate Events, but reminded me a bit of them, so would probably make a good read-alike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher | 2/6/2014

    " After reading this book with my son, he immediately asked to start the next book... He was not happy that it is not out yet! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 1/27/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was cleverly told, and delightfully illustrated. I enjoyed the references to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. I thought the one shared mind concept between identical twins was interesting, perhaps especially as I have identical twin nieces. When they are old enough to read this book (they're only six-months-old at the moment) I'll have to gift it to them. :) "

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