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 there is a girl looking for help that only uninquisitive boys can offer.
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 read this with my young daughter and she loved it. When it comes to these kinds of books I defer to her opinion since they’re written for her audience and not mine. I was happy we could find a new series to read together. She thought it was funny but still had moments that gave her the creeps, the good kind, as she enjoyed this new adventure.
You’ll want to make sure to continue with the series because there’s no good closure in this book as the writing makes it clear it’s intended to melt into the second. Aside from that little negative the plot and characters were fun. My daughter is a lot like Sebastian as she can be much more straightforward than her friends which causes its own share of struggles so she enjoyed having a character she could relate to since he seemed to have similar problems with the quirky personalities in the Explorer’s Society.
I think this is good for kids and it’s the decent kind of series parents don’t have to worry about.
Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Books for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com