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Alex and the Ironic Gentleman (Alex and the Ironic Gentleman #1)

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Often mistaken for a boy because of her haircut and name, Alex Morningside is an inquisitive girl of ten-and-a-half who attends the prestigious Wigpowder-Steele Academy. Unfortunately, though she loves to learn, Alex just can’t bring herself to enjoy her classes. Her teachers are all old and smelly and don’t seem to know about anything that has happened in the world the pa ...more
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Published September 18th 2007 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nikoleta
Aug 26, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Είναι πολύ παιδικό και αυτό με αποθάρρυνε από το να το απολαύσω περισσότερο. Όχι ότι δεν διαβάζω παιδικά μυθιστορήματα (τα αγαπώ), αλλά δυσκολεύτηκα να συνηθίσω την αφήγηση, είναι πολύ γούτσου γούτσου με πολλές περιγραφές, που επαναλαμβάνονται και οι οποίες είναι κατάλληλες για πολύ μικρότερες ηλικίες. Το ίδιο πιστεύω και για τους ήρωες, οι οποίοι έχουν υπερβολικά χαρακτηριστικά. Στα συν, η κινηματογραφική ροη και η ατμόσφαιρα που δημιουργεί μια αίσθηση μαγείας… Το προτείνω σε παιδιά 8-10 ετών ( ...more
Maria
Jul 31, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, funny
Μα τι γλυκό βιβλίο είναι αυτό! Η συγγραφέας έχει γράψει μια περιπέτεια με πειρατές, κρυμμένους θυσαυρούς, τρελές γεροντοκόρες και τεράστια χταπόδια
χωρίς να σε κουράζει καθόλου.
Ένα εντεκάχρονο κορίτσι ξεκινάει να σώσει τον αγαπημένο της δάσκαλο που τον έχουν απαγάγει αδίστακτοι πειρατές που το όνομα του πλοίου τους είναι "ειρωνικός τζέντλεμαν". Θα περάσει πολλά, θα δοκιμαστεί αρκετές φορές αλλά θα αντιμετωπίσει και μαγευτικές καταστάσεις. Σε κάθε σελίδα του νιώθεις, απο τον τρόπο της γραφής του
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Keli
Dec 19, 2008 Keli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked from the title. And it is indeed ironic, droll and, at times, frightening. Ten year old Alex (who is a girl though she's often mistaken for a boy)finds a treasure map and must save her sixth grade teacher from pirates and help him find the buried treasure that is his birthright. What ensues is a surreal journey, much in the style of Lewis Carrol, complete with kindly inn keepers, a train to nowhere and a musical number with jazz hands. Yes, I did say a jazz hands. With he ...more
J.M. Frey
Mar 10, 2011 J.M. Frey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You might be forgiven for thinking that Alex Morningside was a boy. For one thing, she wasn't. And for another thing, she didn't mind. This was because she had an Excellent Sense of Humour. And after all, it doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl, because everyone is just People.

Adrienne Kress delights with her first foray into fiction, providing a compelling and entertaining adventure story in which our heroine, Alex, must risk even trains, egotistical octopi, abandoned hotels, and extremely
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Linden
Sep 24, 2008 Linden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th Grade and up
Recommended to Linden by: The idea of an ironic gentleman in a kid's book roped me in.
This is a hard book to characterize for a couple of reasons. But, well, let me try.

The story has all the characteristics of a straight-forward adventure, set in the times of piracy and swordplay, about a girl (Alex) who attends a less-than inspiring private school, the Wigpowder-Steele Academy. The WSA is also the likely site of clues which will lead to a long-buried treasure. All the right ingredients.

Yet the author occasionally abandons her established context rather jarringly: the times of
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Nenangs
pinjaman dari nenny :)

sesungguhnya buku ini bisa mengasyikkan kalau saja saya tidak sangat terganggu dengan hal2 berikut:

1. jamannya membingungkan
buku ini latar setting waktunya nggak jelas. dari awal sudah terasa, ada yang aneh dengan kombinasi teknologi pada cerita ini. detil yang paling bikin terperangah adalah pada saat diceritakan penulis di kapal bajak laut itu menggunakan laptop. ya. laptop. apa yang aneh dengan laptop? well...saya yakin seyakin2nya, pada saat manusia membuat laptop, tekn
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Jackie
Oct 24, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter read this with her dad, then asked me to read it to her so I would know what it was about. There was a lot to like about the book, particularly the voice of the intrusive narrator and the character of Alex. I felt, though, that Kress wasn't that familiar with genre conventions, for she mixed elements from lighthearted adventure, spooky/creepy fantasy (a la Neil Gaiman/CORALINE), horror, and realism together without regard for the way that these different genres set different expectat ...more
Lydia
Timothy is not every one's favorite son. In fact, he is downright obnoxious, especially since his standard response to any statement is "Whatever." But Timothy finds that life, after being expelled from every school in his area, may demand more of him than he, or his parents, could ever have expected. Especially when those demands involve believing in dragons, pirates, and that what you do and commit to, can actually make a difference.

Kress has constructed an intricately involved plot with color
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April
Jan 31, 2013 April marked it as didnotfinish  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying this story up until all the adults were shown to be really bad caricatures of actual people. They weren't realistic at all. A pack of evil grannies holding a 10 year old hostage during their relaxing stolen wine afternoon for hours in a closed museum? A modern police detective more interested in creating forms with ridiculous questions (Is your name Peter? If no fill in the word avocado and skip to question 3.) and asking other ridiculous questions than actually detecting. A polic ...more
David
This was a funny, light read. It's not much for worldbuilding or believable conflicts (talking robot refrigerators coexist with pirate ships and boarding schools, and Alex gets chased around by a bunch of mean old ladies for no other reason than that they're just mean), but Alex is a likeable protagonist, and it's an adventure that younger readers will probably enjoy. It's too juvenile to really entertain most adults (though it entertained me -- make of that what you will...).
Hannah
Nov 22, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been one of my favorites over the past 5 years!
It's creative story-telling technique and imaginative plot and characters keeps this book on my shelf that I may read it whenever I need some writing inspiration!
I highly recommend this book for any advanced reader!
Harold Ogle
Aug 02, 2012 Harold Ogle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of pirates, fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events
This book felt quite strongly like a reaction to "A Series of Unfortunate Events." It has the same surreal quality of cavalier attitudes about danger to children, anachronistic settings/people/situations, and a chattily verbose narrator who likes to pontificate about vocabulary. Both are a bit like Mr. Rogers retelling the movie "Se7en" to children.

The book is mostly fun, with the protagonist Alex traipsing merrily from one adventure to the next, all in search of her 6th grade teacher who has be
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Rena
Jan 11, 2017 Rena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All those side journeys took up too much of the story and amounted to nothing in the end, they were not part of the larger plot. I think each of those could have been expanded to fill it's own book, or removed to make room for the story itself.
Sophie
Dec 08, 2012 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my "the age (what's its called... 9-12, OC old child, C child, Youth, uuhhh) under YA fiction(?") all time favourites. I can't exactly explain what I like about it, but I'll try, and I might succeed. I'll split it into three main reasons why I gave this book a five stars.

1. Narrator. (or just book in general) With. A. Personality. I am such a sucker for this. It happens a lot, and I'm such a sucker for it I can't differentiate the good ones from the bad. Their are different
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Robin
Apr 03, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Morningstar is a ten-and-a-half-year-old girl who, this book's vaguely Lemony Snicketish narrator tells us, is often mistaken for a boy because of her decided character, her pudding-bowl haircut, and her tendency to go trousered, when she doesn't have to wear her skirted school uniform. She lives in a small town overshadowed by the mansion of a great philanthropist who made his fortune as a pirate, and who left half of his treasure buried somewhere it has never been found. Now a museum, the ...more
Carissa
Apr 28, 2008 Carissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
this one was on a display at b&n and looked somewhat interesting, so i tried it out. i have such a mixed reaction to this book that i’m not sure where to start. at first, i liked the book. it was a pale imitation of lemony snicket’s writing style (”defining” odd words as it went along, that funky semi-conversational style between author and reader, even the cover illustration evokes snicketishness) but was entertaining with funny moments. then, i put the book down one night to go to sleep. u ...more
Aaron
Sep 18, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Connoisseurs of whimsy
I think I'm a little bit in love with Adrienne Kress because of this remarkable fantasy novel.

To call this a warm-hearted, exuberant romp for young readers would be, well, accurate. But it sounds like one of those book jacket blurbs, and that simply will not do. How about: a whimsical tale of precocious not-a-boy Alex on a whirlwind quest to save her new teacher from pirates, a sort of Lemony Snicket in Wonderland, but sweeter and more likely to feature a giant octopus.

Alex and the Ironic Gentle
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Amira Kamelia sa'dya
IDENTITAS BUKU
Judul Buku : Alex and The Ironic Gentleman
Penulis : Adrienne Kress
Tahun Terbit : 2008
Penerbit : Weinstein Books, New York.
Terjemahan bahasa Indonesia
Penerjemah : Anggraini Novitasari
Penyunting/Editir : Arif Budi Nugroho
Penerbit : Dastan Books 2010
Cetakan 1 : Maret 2010
Jumlah Halaman : 312 Halaman
Kategori : Fiksi, Fantasi/petualangan
Sinopsis : Alex bernama lengkap Alexandra Morningside adalah anak perempuan berusia sepuluh setengan tahun. Kedua orang tuanya telah meninggal dunia, Al
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An Ana
Resensi Novel Alex And The Ironic Gentleman

Judul : Alex and the Ironic Gentleman: Petualangan mencariharta karun Wigpowder
Penulis : Adrienne Kress
Penerbit : Weitein Books, New York
Halaman :312 halaman
Tahun : 2008
Terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia Dastan Books 2010
Penerjemah: Anggraini Novita Sari


Buku ini mengisahkan seorang anak perempuan berumur sepuluh setengah tahun bernama Alexandra Morningside (Alex). Dia seorang yatim piatu karena kedua orangtuanya telah meninggal dan ia tinggal dengan pamannya.
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EJ Knapp
Dec 23, 2009 EJ Knapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently I finished Adrienne Kress’s Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. I don’t think this is a YA book, more like Middle Grade, or MG if you’re in the know about such things. Frankly, all these genres and sub-genres and sub-sub-genres confuse the hell out of me but I’m pretty sure Alex and the Ironic Gentleman is MG. For one thing, the protagonist is a ten and one half year old girl. I don’t think that quite qualifies as Young Adult. Maybe Old Child or Middle of the Road Child or Almost a Teenager ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Ten-year-old orphan Alex lives with her uncle. A disillusioned sixth grade student at the classy Wigpowder-Steele Academy, she is bored with her classes, her teachers and her peers. When a new school year begins and Mr. Underwood is assigned to her homeroom, Alex begins to take note of exciting possibilities for learning. He makes lessons fun — and relevant to Alex’s interest in fencing and swashbuckling activities. After all, Mr. Underwood is a descendant of a famous pirate! What could be more ...more
Linnae
Oct 12, 2009 Linnae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
Alex Morningside lives with her uncle and helps him run his doorknob shop, when she's not in school, of course. She attends the prestigious Wigpowder-Steele Academy for free, thanks to her uncle's connections, although she doesn't like it there most of the time. Then a new teacher comes along, a Mr. Underwood, who is young and different than all her other teachers. He detests P.E., so instead teaches them how to fence. He insists on correct grammar. He makes learning fun. He becomes very good fr ...more
Ephphatha
I was delighted by this book's cocktail of whimsy, humor, creepiness, and a witty narrative reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's style. I love stories that have that kind of "down the rabbit hole" randomness and this story has plenty of it. The book isn't just about pirates (although that is the main plot and ties the story together), but also features other different characters, settings, and mini plots. It also gave me a bit of nostalgia. When I was introduced to Alex's teacher, Mr. Underwood, and ...more
Aelvana
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex is a sixth-grader whose life has taken a turn for the interesting with the arrival of her new sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Underwood. He rides a bicycle to school, teaches the students fencing, and hides a massive secret. When Alex gets involved in his hunt for his family's lost fortune, she also finds out she's not the only one who wants to recover the lost Wigpowder treasure. The infamous Captain Steele of the Ironic Gentleman, the most feared pirate ship on the seas, is also after the treasu ...more
Bintimunawaroh
Oct 30, 2013 Bintimunawaroh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN
Novel ini menceritakan petualangan seorang gadis berusia 10 setengah tahun bernama Alexandra Morningside (Alex). Alex, gadis yang benar tampak seperti anak laki laki ini tinggal bersama pamannya, satu satu nya keluarga yang ia punya. Semua nya berubah saat ia bertemu Mr. Underwood, guru kelas enam yang sangat dikagumi Alex disekolah. Mr.Underwood sebenarnya keturunan bajak laut terkenal, Infamous Wigpowder.
Bajak laut Ironic Gentleman pun mengincar Mr. Underwood gun
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Nur Fathiah Zahri
Apr 28, 2011 Nur Fathiah Zahri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nur Fathiah by: Nobody
The story of Alex Morningside, an inquisitive ten-and-a-half-year-old girl who lives with her uncle above a doorknob shop. A student at the prestigious Wigpowder-Steele Academy, Alex is often mistaken for a boy because of her bowl haircut, but that's okay -- she has an excellent sense of humor.

Alex hates Wigpowder-Steele because as much as she enjoys learning, she doesn't enjoy wearing a uniform with a skirt. She also doesn't enjoy her teachers, who are all very old and smell funny and don't se
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Madame Reads
Jul 16, 2015 Madame Reads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alice in Wonderland fans, NOBODY ELSE
Have you ever had a really weird dream?
The kind of dream that starts of fairly normal. Say, you're in a museum. Nothing crazy about that. But then you break a museum rule and some old ladies start stabbing you with pens as punishment. And all you want to do is to get away from those stab-happy crones. Then a little while later everything abruptly changes and now you're on a 20's themed train ride where everyone takes naps and has amnesia, trying to escape a scarf-wearing scary man with no ears
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IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Alex has a happy life living with her Uncle at the top of his doorknob shop. Happy except for school, that is. Alex doesn’t like wearing a uniform with a skirt. She thinks her teachers are old and smell funny. The girls at her school are so concerned with how their hair looks they are ridiculous. Quite simply, Alex is bored out of her mind.

And then one day, everything changes. Alex gets a new teacher at school, Mr. Underwood. Mr. Underwood is interesting and funny and he teaches the kids how to
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Ben
Apr 11, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nathan Dehoff
Nov 12, 2016 Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While largely a Treasure Island style adventure with pirates and buried treasure, only with a female protagonist and pirate captain, it also mixes in a few other genres for a varied and surreal experience. When Alex Morningside learns that her teacher is descended from a pirate who buried a treasure, and an assassin kills her uncle, she sets out to sea. On the way there, she encounters a nasty group of women from a historical society, a man who's draining the souls from passengers on a train, a ...more
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Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

2016 saw the release of HATTER MADIGAN: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X., an exciting collaboration with NY Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (set in the same world as his Looking Glass Wars YA books). And April 2017 she releases the first book in her ne
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“There they go, my friend, right into the sunset. And even though it happens to be overcast at the moment, let's pretend it isn't, because it's just that much nicer.” 15 likes
“ You would be forgiven for thinking Alex Morningside was a boy. In fact, she would be the first to laugh at this, because, for one thing, she wasn't, and for another, she had an Excellent Sense of Humour. It wasn't that she wanted to be a boy or anything, it was simply that she didn't see much difference in being treated as a girl or boy. Because, after all, everyone is just people.
One of the reasons people thought she was a boy was her haircut. Her haircut looked like someone had put a bowl on her head and cut around it. Which is exactly what her uncle had done. Also, they thought she was a boy because her name was Alex. Of course, Alex was short for Alexandra, but neither Alex nor her uncle liked that very much, so they shortened the name. They could have shortened it the other was I suppose - Andra - but she and her uncle preferred Alex.”
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