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The Door in the Alley: The Explorers, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun characters, creepy villains in adventurous quest.

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Once it gets going, this is a fun, rollicking read, but readers have to be up for a book that chirps, "Don't you hate stories that end in cliff-hangers?" and then gives them a doozy. The Door in the Alley is quite full of itself, with boasting, dithering, big words galore, footnotes that have nothing to do with the story, and other distractions that are going to be part of the fun for some readers and an absolute deal-breaker for others.

Protagonists Sebastian and Evie have a lot of appeal (helped by Matthew C. Rockefeller's lively illustrations), as do some of the quirky adults. Nightmare-prone kids beware: The villains -- a man with a melted face, and another with wires sticking out of his jaw -- may come back to haunt you.

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