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The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes
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The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes
The Adventurer's Guide Series, Book 1
A thrilling debut novel where fantasy and science fiction meet, dragons aren't as innocent as they look, and nothing is quite what it seems.


Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes—or face the horrible consequences.


Packed with action, humor, and endless heart, this debut novel marks the first volume in an irresistible and original fantasy series.

A thrilling debut novel where fantasy and science fiction meet, dragons aren't as innocent as they look, and nothing is quite what it seems.


Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes—or face the horrible consequences.


Packed with action, humor, and endless heart, this debut novel marks the first volume in an irresistible and original fantasy series.

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About the Author-
  • Wade Albert White hails from Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition to writing, Wade teaches part-time, dabbles in animation and filmmaking, and is a stay-at-home dad. He lives in Canada with his wife, sons, and cat.
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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2016
    Enter a world of magick, quests, and dragons with fireball powers in White's debut.Under the Matron's thumb, Anne and her best friend, Penelope, spend most of their time toiling away at St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children and counting down the days until they can leave. Unfortunately, as an orphan with "no proof of origin," Anne has very few prospects. But that all changes when she and Penelope are invited to join a local quest academy and Anne stumbles into a high-level Rightful Heir quest. The stakes are high, and with minimal quest training and only three days and 14 1/2 hours, Anne, Penelope, and their new quest member, Hiro, must outsmart the meddling Wizards' Council, crack indecipherable riddles, and extricate themselves from odd scenarios. Featuring a colorful and diverse cast of characters (including the academy's cat headmistress) and sometimes ridiculous yet nail-biting action, this is a highly distinctive, smart take on the fantasy novel. All the tropes are there, but White unabashedly calls attention to them, adding to the hilarity. Delightfully, Anne has dark brown skin, while sidekick Penelope is white. In this series opener, readers will find a humorous tale of adventure, friendship, and courage, all led by a brown-skinned protagonist. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2016

    Gr 4-6-At age 13, Anvil, known as Anne, is preparing to leave St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. She is neither wicked nor hideous, but with no knowledge of her family or origin, she has little hope of fulfilling her dream of entering a quest academy. But isn't it her luck that just at this point she falls off the edge of the earth? It's easy to do when one's world is comprised of different small islands and tiers. Luckily, a strange woman and a dragon rescue Anne. Unfortunately, a metal gauntlet is now attached permanently to her arm. Suddenly, Anne's life becomes a whirlwind as she snaps up a medallion that turns her into a leader of a Rightful Heir Quest (as the blacksmith, no less). With her best friend Penelope (who has no weapons training) and her new companion, Hiro (whose magic abilities are questionable), Anne sets off on an adventure with a goal everyone is ill prepared to achieve. Throughout their adventures, the three are stymied by ancient technology, the Official Antagonist, and the Deceiver Card. Each chapter begins with tongue-in-cheek quotes that add humor and build the legitimacy of this created world, reminiscent of Caroline Carlson's "Very Nearly Honorable Pirate Society" series. The narrator's sarcastic undertone is an additional clue that readers should not take things so seriously. However, this fast-paced adventure deals with deep themes, such as wanting to know one's place in the world, which is not completely resolved for Anne. Notable also is that Anne is a black protagonist, offering some much needed diversity to the fantasy genre for this age group. VERDICT The first in a fantasy adventure series with a unique crew of characters, this will tickle funny bones and leave readers awaiting the next installment.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews A highly distinctive, smart take on the fantasy novel... readers will find a humorous tale of adventure, friendship, and courage.
  • School Library Journal This fast-paced adventure deals with deep themes... the first in a fantasy adventure series with a unique crew of characters, this will tickle funny bones and leave readers awaiting the next installment.
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