We Are Not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure, #1)
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We Are Not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure #1)

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Eleven-year-old twins Oliver and Celia Navel live on the 4-1/2th floor of the Explorers Club with their father, Dr. Navel. Their mother, Dr. Navel, has been missing for years. So when an explorer shows up with a clue as to where his wife could be, Dr. Navel drags Oliver and Celia to Tibet to find her. Once there, the twins fall out of airplanes, encounter Yetis, travel thr...more
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2011)
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Natalie
Oct 09, 2011 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: ya
You have no idea how good this book is!

We all have days where we want to curl up on the couch and spend the afternoon with a remote in our hand. Twins Celia and Oliver Navel have that day every day. But in spite of their best intentions, and their encyclopedic knowledge of TV, their explorer-parents and a race to find the Lost Library of Alexandria tear them from their comfy couch and drop them into the wilds of Tibet.They face all kinds of dangers, confusions and complicated wagers as they stru...more
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Kathleen says, "I loved every minute I spent with this book! I laughed out loud and was utterly charmed! This is going to be a perfect book for reluctant readers or anyone who likes adventure stories. This would also make a great classroom read-aloud!"
Reader
Snicket lite. Our two utterly unsympathetic protagonists, the Navel twins, would like nothing more than to plunk themselves down in front of the television for all eternity. Unfortunately their father is having none of it, and worse, their father has an occupation that makes the twins shudder: he's an explorer. After the disappearance of their mother two years ago he's been dragging the twins all over the globe to find her to no avail. When evidence arrives suggesting that the twins' mother is i...more
Heather
Wow. What a pleasant surprise this was! I ordered it with a recent Scholastic book order because I liked the title and thought my son would enjoy it. We read a chapter together every night before bed, and he would often beg to keep reading! Oliver and Celia are fun characters, and the people they meet along the way in their very reluctant adventure keep them (and the reader) on their toes. We can't wait to read about their next "accidental" adventure!
Joshua
Very Lemony Snicketesque but with less pleasant main characters and not as much wit... Slow start, but gets better if more preposterous once jorney begins. Some good library references. It really was an entertaining book and a good start to the series once it found its own voice...
Talitha
Very neat book, perfect my kids! My kids have now read this twice! They really love it. Totally impressed!
Vicky
Eleven-year old twins, Celia and Oliver Navel want nothing more than to be left alone to watch their favorite television shows. Unfortunately, having two parents who are famous explorers and living at the Explorer Club makes this difficult. Their mother disappeared three years ago while on an adventure. To them, exploring is dirty, disgusting, and dangerous. If they want to see real life, they figure they can watch a reality TV show. But a cryptic message from their mother forces them into the a...more
Juan
***SPOILER ALERT***


This book is awesome I loved it. The twins mom gets lost on a adventure to find a lost library of Alexandra. The mom get found at the end of the book.This book is realistic fiction. This book takes place in the jungle in present time. The conflict is person vs person because, the twins fight and they fight with there father.

This book is about these two twins who spend there day watching TV. They never miss a show or any thing. They now all the channels. There mom and dad ar...more
Nina
We are Not Eaten by Yaks by C. Alexander London is an exciting addition to the world of adventure books for middle-grade readers. It is the relatable tale of two 11 year-old twins (Celia and Oliver) who would rather watch TV and eat junk food than travel the world with their two explorer parents. But when their mother disappears and their father is indisposed by poison witches in Tibet, they have no choice but to engage in an escapade where they find themselves face-to-face with an angry yeti, a...more
Margaret Dilloway
I got this book at the ALA conference when I told the Penguin Young Readers people my 9 year old son likes funny stories, and he doesn't really like to read.
He read it in 2 nights and took it to school today to share with his class. I was surprised because it's sort of a longer book for him, so I quizzed him on it and he actually had read it! I guess he's a fast reader when he feels like it.
It's about two couch potato kids whose parents are adventurers and are always trying to get the kids to co...more
Tracy Onze
This is a delightful read for Tweens. I definitely recommend it for those who enjoy adventure with a hint of mystery and like a quick read.
Jennifer
Oliver and Celia Navel have done almost nothing in their life but watch TV. But they live on the 4 1/2th floor of the Explorers Club; one of the most important communities of explorers, daredevils, and globe trekkers. Soon their mother goes missing when looking for The Lost Library of Alexandria. All they have now is their father who is still part of the Explorers Club. Even worse for the twins, he made a bet with Sir Edmund (another Explorers Club member) that he could find the scrolls left fro...more
Gwen
This book is soooo awesome! This can be a read aloud or a book you read alone. It might have a weird title, but never judge a book by its' cover. Its' plot is about twins named Celia and Oliver who would rather sit inside and watch TV but they are very unlucky because their dad is in an explorers club and he drags them on these crazy adventures. If you like it, there are 2 more. Have fun reading!
Jamie
Sep 17, 2011 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: www.capitolchoices.org
This audiobook was a great amount of fun. The two main characters, children of explorers, don't want to have adventures they just want to watch tv. But it turns out all the tv actually helps them out many times throughout the book. A few times I worried that the Tibetan accent was a bit stereotypical. But the fun of the book never waned, and quite clearly a sequel is on the way.
Cyl
Feb 11, 2013 Cyl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young and adults
Recommended to Cyl by: My brother
A really nice book series for young people and adults. Celia and Oliver love to watch television and hate adventures but it is a bit difficult to keep away from adventures when their parents are the top explorers of the Explorers club where they live.
Kathleen
I loved every minute I spent with this book! I laughed out loud and was utterly charmed! This is going to be a perfect book for reluctant readers or anyone who likes adventure stories. This would also make a great classroom read-aloud!
Paige
i love it and recommend it to children and adults who love adventure!!!!!!!!!! It is about two children going on a amazing adventure to find their mom with their dad!
Pam
Readers will laugh at the quick and witty conversations, will learn historical facts which won't even be painful, and have a good time while reading!
Yetimomma
Reading with my kids. They rated this one 4 stars.
Noemi
This is an excellent book for kids my age
Charlyn  Trussell
Both of the Navel parents are famous explorers, but 11-year-old twins Oliver and Celia eschew all sorts of real adventure in favor of reality TV. Their mother has disappeared searching for the Great Library of Alexandria, so their second wish--after wishing to have their mother return--would be cable television so they could watch EVERY reality program possible. Living in the Explorers Club makes them part of the audience of every gathering of the members. At one of the gatherings, Sir Edmund ch...more
Diane
“Adventure is the greatest source of education.”

Oliver and Celia Navel are the children of world famous explorers, much to the envy of their classmates. “If I had parents like theirs, I’d never want to watch TV.” But, indeed, the twins would rather just watch TV than go on the adventures on which their parents drag them. What's worse? They LIVE at the Explorer's Club and are constantly forced to attend gatherings with other explorers to listen to their adventures. The final insult? Their mom has...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grade 4-6

The Navel twins have an exciting life. As the children of two world famous explorers, they spend their vacations trekking through jungles, riding Mongolian ponies and exploring cursed graveyards.

The Navel twins do not WANT an exciting life. All they want to do is eat cheese puffs while watching television...lots and lots of television...preferable cable. Alas, it is not to be.

When their father enters a foolish wager with the evil Sir Edmund, the twins are forced to accomp...more
Susan
The writing is more than decent and the style makes me think of Lemony Snicket in the best way possible. (Note: I did read the first book and part of the second and although the story isn't my style it's GOOD stuff.) The general premise and plot both seems interesting and I might recommend this except that I'm not really comfortable with the message that this story is sending, from the parts that I've read it so far. By which I mean Publishers Weekly wrote, "Readers will love the clever, ridicul...more
Becky B
I'll have to add to this review later when I have more time. Suffice it to say right now that I had seen this on a list of recommended hilarious read-alouds for middle grades. I found it only mediocre and was disappointed.

The Navel twins would much, much rather sit on the couch and watch endless hours of tv than go rescue their mother and find some lost tablets that could be the key to the Library of Alexandria. But unfortunately, it seems they have to do just that or their father will lose his...more
Barbara
The twin offspring of two adventurous explorers, Oliver and Celia prefer to spend their free time watching their favorite television programs rather than visiting exotic locales and having adventure. But the disappearance of their mother and a bet taken by their father takes them on a plane ride that ends in an unexpected way and on a crazy journey where they encounter a yak, a yeti, a lama who isn't what he seems to be, and a large cast of untrustworthy characters. Along the way, they are able...more
Zora Amarille
This definitely caught my attention because its summary is so unique and when I started reading it, I loved it. I spent the whole day reading this book instead of doing something productive.

Oliver and Celia reminded me so much of myself since I love television and dislike going outside, hiking, pretty much any adventure that doesn't involve being in front of the television or in the bed room with a book in my hand. We just lost our cable privileges too so I would do what they would do and accep...more
CharlieAndrews
Figuren: Die Zwillinge Celia und Oliver Navel sind die Hauptfiguren dieser Reihe und ergänzen sich ganz prächtig. Celia ist die Beschützerin, benimmt sich oft wie die erwachsenere der beiden, und ist von ihrer Grundeinstellung her mürrisch und skeptisch (was sich jedoch aus ihren Erfahrungen ergibt). Dagegen ist ihr Bruder der Neugierige und Unvorsichtige und auch ein klein bisschen ein Feigling. Zusammen scheinen die beiden jedoch unschlagbar. Ihre Verbundenheit, ihr Vertrauen ineinander und da...more
Janet Rundquist
The title and cover of this book are enough to draw anyone in, right? I was a bit disappointed by this one, and it’s hard for me to pinpoint what it was. Oliver and Celia are eleven-year-old twins who have parents that love adventure, which means the twins staidly do not. They far prefer watching TV, and I think it is this fact that is drilled so heavily in the beginning that I got frustrated. The TV watching bit is obviously and important bit throughout the story, but the characters are almost...more
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