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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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Keli
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
Linden
Oct 03, 2008 Linden rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Stephanie
It’s rather difficult to bypass a book with such an enigmatic title as Canadian author Adrienne Kress’s debut novel Alex and the Ironic Gentleman (I do like to think that selecting books based on their titles is at least a step or two above purchasing them purely because of an alluring cover). The back cover copy hints at all manner of silliness, from swashbuckling pirates and treasure chests to strange societies and gregariously named heroes to sternly enforced grammatical pedantry. And somehow ...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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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
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
J.M. Frey
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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April
May 09, 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
Hannah
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!
Les
Reading with Jude.
WONDERFUL!
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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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
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
Nur Fathiah Zahri
Aug 18, 2011 Nur Fathiah Zahri rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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Carissa
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
E.J. Knapp
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
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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Sophie
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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Aaron
Oct 08, 2013 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Bintimunawaroh
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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Harold Ogle
Aug 07, 2012 Harold Ogle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Meghan
I have to admit that any book aimed at children that includes an Ironic Gentleman in the title draws my attention, and I'm glad that I picked this one up.

It's sort of what would happen if Lewis Carroll and Lemony Snicket had a baby--the plot is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, the stylistic choices and narrative voice draw heavily on Lemony Snicket and, strangely, A.A. Milne.

The book, like the Snicket books, is written as a direct address to the reader, complete with stops to define words, to
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Ben
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Cball
Jul 16, 2013 Cball rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens, both boy and girl
To be clear: the backseat book club loved this story. And since this is a book written for tweens and very young teens, I would recommend it to that age set--boy or girl. But since this is my goodreads account, I get to rate it too--and I thought parts of if were good but I got a bit lost in the middle.

The book starts out as a high adventure type. Alex (a girl who looks like a boy) is an orphan (of course), living with her Uncle and entering the 6th grade. A lost treasure map, the 6th grade teac
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Truly
*Yang panjang ada di catatan di FB*

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Bukannya tidak setuju, tapi permalahannya adalah kenapa jika buku ini memang seperti yang diuraikan, kok bisa terletak diantara buku-buku yang hendak di swap dalam Acara Bookswap Akbar GRI di WBD 2010 yang lalu. Kemungkinannya hanya dua. Yang pertama memang buku ini sesuai dengan apa yang dijanjikan lalu ada yang berbaik hati membagi buku ini, atau isinya sangat jauh dari yang dijanjikan.

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Namun, kembali pada persoalan awal, pertanyaan kenapa b
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Ubalstecha
Alex hates her school. The lessons are boring and oppresive, as are most of the students. The arrival of a new teacher lightens her mood. Mr. Underwood makes learning fun, even befriending Alex's beloved uncle. Life at school becomes more enjoyable and more fun!

This comes to a crashing halt when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped by pirates who think he knows where a treasure is hidden. Alex sets out to rescue her teacher, leading to a series of encounters with strange and nefarious people.

The novel con
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Cara
So, I didn't finish this book. I'll say that up front. I'm giving it a neutral rating to be kind. I had fairly high hopes for this. The premise seemed strong, cute, quirky, I mean it involved pirates...how could the book go wrong? Well, I couldn't even get to chapter three. I don't think it was the story that perturbed me so much as the editing. Was there no editor? Was this self published? The answer is: No. No, it was not. So, then why...may I ask...was it riddled with spelling errors, punctua ...more
Cynthia
Okay, so for starters, let me just tell you:

This book is totally epic.

I absolutely adored the entire thing. I loved just about every character, even the bad guys, and the plot. At the beginning of the book, I was trying very hard to figure out where the story was set. I was pretty sure it was the awesome Great Britian, but it never really said, but something about the "Queen's Navy" came up, so my theory was proven correct.

I have to say, the one thing that really tied the entire story together
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Becky
An enjoyable read, and a bit reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, which I appreciated. I was glad when the whimsical narrative settled down a bit, and laid of the wacky asides and Significant Capitals, because those aren’t devices I’m especially fond of. And I’m baffled as to what time period the book takes place in, as it’s got modern bits (movies, cars, etc) but much of it reads like Ye Olde Fashioned pirate stories. (Though that’s not a very important detail to be concerned about.) The cast of the b ...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.

She is the author of two children's novels: ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN and TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON'S GATE (Scholastic). Her debut YA novel, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY, launched in the Fall 2012 from Dial, Penguin and her first ever quirky YA paranormal roma
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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.” 16 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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