Title: The Tell-Tale Start (The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe, #1)
Author: Gordon McAlpine
Illustrator: Sam Zuppardi
Characteristics: Mystery, Series Fiction, Spooky/Scary
For: 4-6 graders
Edgar and Allen are the orphaned great great great great grand nephews of the famous Edgar Allen Poe and, like their uncle, their creative minds are interested in all things odd, dark, grim, and spooky. Their love for the peculiar is not all they share however, the boys have a unique trait that their uncle was never able to possess.
Edgar and Allen share a strange cerebral connection through which they are able to share thoughts, experiences, knowledge, and ideas without communicating to one another! This incredible bond has caught the attention of an evil and dastardly scientist, Professor Perry, who plots to kidnap the boys and murder one of them. The Professor hopes that the boys’ special connection won’t be severed even in death and believes this connection will allow him to talk to the dead!
From up above old Uncle Edgar carefully watches the plot unfold as the scientist hatch his evil plans. He works to warn the boys by sending a series of secret messages to the twins on posters, license plates, even through fortune cookie fortunes! Will Uncle Poe’s messages save the day or will they put the boys in harm’s way?
First in the series “The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe”.
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