Alex And The Ironic Gentleman

Alex And The Ironic Gentleman

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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!
ISBN: 9780545990639
Branch Call Number: JUV PBK Kre

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FindingJane Aug 11, 2017

Alex is a resourceful and redoubtable ten-and-a-half-year-old girl who’s frequently mistaken for a boy. It’s useful to be mistaken for the opposite sex sometimes, a foreshadowing that bears fruit later in the novel.

On the hunt for a missing treasure, Alex runs into all sorts of odd and inexplicable people, folks inserted more for color than for real character development. They are meant to show how clever and capable Alex is at getting herself out of trouble; most of the people she meets disappear neatly from the story once she leaves them, never to be seen again.

I have to admit that I expected adventure when I realized pirates were involved. However, I wasn’t expecting the truly fantastical elements like a man who can bottle spirits (literally human spirits rather than the alcoholic kind) or a talking octopus. These things are accepted as a matter of course by everyone around them so the reader is forced to accept them, too.

Expect weirdness, expect pirates, treasure, murder and adventure on the high seas. While the story may be episodical in nature sometimes, Alex is a smart, bold, brave girl and a character I’d be happy to read about in future. Perhaps some of the quirky characters she met on the road will appear again. I, for one, wouldn’t mind reading about the Extremely Ginormous Octopus again.

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rosymaplemoth
Aug 17, 2014

Very fun book. I enjoyed reading about Captain Steele: evil or no, SHE'S A WOMAN!!! Female pirate captains are far too hard to come by. And Alex is great, of course.

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16midnightPOTC
Jan 23, 2014

Quite a fun book to read. The plot is diverse enough to keep you interested throughout, the main characters actually act realistically according to their age, gender and occupation (which is sadly uncommon now), and the whole thing reads like a Roald Dahl children's book. The simplicity of the individual goals of the characters allows you to keep a clear grasp of what's going on, but the unexpected turns of the plot keeps every chapter fresh and new. The only flaw that I would possibly suggest is that some elements are quite cliché, even for a children's book.
A book for all ages, especially for children who are just learning to read novels.

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yehongsong
Jan 01, 2014

BEST BOOK EVER! I enjoyed it a lot.

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Kathy14
Nov 26, 2013

it's a great book! READ IT!!!

booklover05 Jul 02, 2011

awesome book maybe i will read the second one or maybe not i heard its ok but not the sharpest knife in the drawer

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21269006065193
Jun 10, 2010

EXCELLENT!!! This book was written quite differently than other books I've read... The author told a lot of personal stories that related the events Alex experienced, and it made the story more believable since some one else could relate to the story... This was the author's first novel and i hope she writes another one!!!

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Ubalstecha
Dec 26, 2009

Alex hates her school. The lessons are boring and oppresive, as are most of the students. The arrival of a new teacher lightens her mood. Mr. Underwood makes learning fun, even befriending Alex's beloved uncle. Life at school becomes more enjoyable and more fun!

This comes to a crashing halt when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped by pirates who think he knows where a treasure is hidden. Alex sets out to rescue her teacher, leading to a series of encounters with strange and nefarious people.

The novel constantly breaks the fourth wall, with the author talking to her audience to comment on the action, allowing for lots of humor. Alex is an able heroine who can look afterherself and the villains are larger than life. Clever pacing and a well written book.

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Binky34
Jan 23, 2011

Alex hates her school. The lessons are boring and oppresive, as are most of the students. The arrival of a new teacher lightens her mood. Mr. Underwood makes learning fun, even befriending Alex's beloved uncle. Life at school becomes more enjoyable and more fun!
This comes to a crashing halt when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped by pirates who think he knows where a treasure is hidden. Alex sets out to rescue her teacher, leading to a series of encounters with strange and nefarious people.
The novel constantly breaks the fourth wall, with the author talking to her audience to comment on the action, allowing for lots of humor. Alex is an able heroine who can look afterherself and the villains are larger than life. Clever pacing and a well written book.

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