The big middle grade news this week is the release of the second book in The Explorers series—THE RECKLESS RESCUE. It’s been almost a year since my tour stop for the first installment, THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY. That story ended with a huge cliffhanger as does this one—no wait, someone is hanging from a cliff!

You won’t be overly confused if you begin with book two, although you may want to go back and discover how young Sebastian was kidnapped. This second adventure is a worldwide romp with South Korea and Australia as the setting. Throw in a great white shark, A Korean boy’s band (K-Pop), and plenty of sinister characters, and you have the makings of a great story. Here’s the official background from the publisher:

About the Book

*  The bad news: The boy (Sebastian) has been kidnapped by a trio of troublesome thugs.
*  The good news: His new friend Evie has promised to rescue him!
*  The bad news: Sebastian has been taken halfway around the world.
*  The good news: Evie has famous explorer and former Filipendulous Five member Catherine Lind at her side!
*  The bad news: There’s still the whole matter of Evie’s grandfather (and the leader of the Filipendulous Five) somewhere out there in grave danger.
*  The good news: Pursuing Sebastian will lead Evie and Catherine to another member of the Filipendulous Five, who might be able to help!

This missive is a call to action and an invitation to join in mystery, bravery, and danger. There will be new people to meet, new places to see, and some dancing along the way. And one amazingly reckless rescue.



  1. The chapter titles are unlike any you’ll ever come across. Sometimes revealing and sometimes laugh out loud. One even becomes the chapter.
  2. I was a little bummed to have Sebastian and Evie so far apart for most of the book. Then again you begin to see more of their inner personalities surface when they are on their own.
  3. My head is spinning with what fun and adventure Adrienne Kress will have in store for readers with the third book. The set-up is perfect and you’ll feel less of a jolt with the ending of book two.
  4. The chapters focus on either Sebastian (The kidnapped boy) or Evie (His hopeful rescuer). It’s easy to spot them both on the cover. The technique of two POV’s is a perfect way to provide page turning suspense.
  5. The series is exactly what young readers love: goofy silliness, mystery, and superb characters.

Adrienne Kress is a writer and an actress born and raised in Toronto. She is the daughter of two high school English teachers, and credits them with inspiring her love of both writing and performing. She also has a cat named Atticus, who unfortunately despises teeny hats. She is the author of The Explorers: The Door in the AlleyThe Explorers: The Reckless Rescue, and The Explorers: The Quest for the Kid. To find out more about Adrienne, visit and follow @AdrienneKress on Twitter and Instagram.


Here’s an excellent study guide. (It also serves as a model for any author doing their own study guide).

Also a recent Interview with the Author


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  1. Denise V. says:

    Great review. My family loved the first one and can’t wait to get our hands on the second.

  2. You make this one sound very enticing. And I love the cover! Thanks for the post.

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