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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 Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Natalie
Oct 09, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Anderson's Bookshops
Feb 21, 2011 Anderson's Bookshops rated it really liked it
Shelves: kathleens-shelf
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!"
Heather
Feb 07, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2011 Joshua rated it really liked it
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...
Brian Williams
Dec 14, 2015 Brian Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I’ve read is called An Accidental Adventure written by G. Alexander London. I really enjoyed this book. It really reminds me of when I was younger. The only difference is I would go on “adventures” on purpose. The book takes place at the apartment for adventures. This short lived by the adventure though. The children encountered many conflicts. They lost their mom. They “lost” their dad from a “tribe”. The biggest conflict of all was going on an adventure. These kids just watched telev ...more
Talitha
Feb 20, 2011 Talitha rated it really liked it
Very neat book, perfect my kids! My kids have now read this twice! They really love it. Totally impressed!
Vicky
Mar 24, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2014 Juan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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
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Victoria Garcia
Dec 08, 2015 Victoria Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. I am in eighth grade and I thought this book would be super childish, hence the name, but it was not. Some parts were a little goofy but in general, it was a great book. This book follows an adventure of two twins, Oliver and Celia, and their father, who is an explorer, to find their mother. Oliver and Celiaś mom and dad are part of the Explorers Club which searches for lost artifacts and new places. This does not interest the twins though because they are too wrapped up in ...more
Nina
Nov 04, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2011 Margaret Dilloway rated it it was amazing
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
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Tracy Onze
Aug 09, 2014 Tracy Onze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ria
Aug 21, 2015 Ria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book An Accidental Adventure by C.Alexander London Is a book about two eleven year old twins Oliver and Celia who love to have the bright light of the television flicker on to their eyes.Unfortunately for them their father is a member of the explorers club.They set off on an adventure to find their long lost mother,all they really want is cable television.
The main characters of this book are the two twins Oliver, Celia and their father.Celia is the oldest meaning she is mostly the decision m
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Jennifer
Aug 05, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2012 Gwen rated it really liked it
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 liked it  ·  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 it was amazing  ·  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.
Lynn
Apr 02, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Eleven year old twins Celia and Oliver haven't seen there mom in a few years. She's a great explorer and vanished on one of her adventures. That's bad enough, but it's also awful for them that their dad is a great explorer too, and they have to live in the famous Explorer's Club, when all they want to do is NOT have adventures, and just watch television.

Suddenly they HAVE to go out and try to find their mom, or they'll end up being servants for their dad's arch-nemesis. How will they watch all
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Kathleen
Feb 17, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2013 Paige rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2
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
Jul 16, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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!
Debra
Aug 02, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, humor, fiction
Laugh out loud funny! I would recommend it to any reluctant reader.

The Navel twins would love to spend every day, all day watching TV. But their father won't let them. He wants them to be explorers like himself and insist that they go encounter adventure. Little do they know how much knowledge they have absorbed from watching TV. Now they must survive a push from an airplane, deal with Poison Witches, yetis and yaks in order to find their missing mother and save their kidnapped father. All they
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Yetimomma
Jul 22, 2013 Yetimomma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-reading
Reading with my kids. They rated this one 4 stars.
Noemi
Aug 14, 2013 Noemi rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for kids my age
Linda Carlson
Mar 07, 2013 Linda Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun story!
Zoe
May 20, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good. It's about two twins who end up going on adventures even though they don't want to. I thought it was funny how all they did was watch reality tv. They knew all the channels and never missed an episode. They thought the real world was dirty and disgusting. There mom got lost when she was going on an adventure. They needed to find her. I chose this book because it was easy to read and funny and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures, magic, and m ...more
Charlyn
Jun 28, 2011 Charlyn rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
“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
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Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 Arthur Pengerbil rated it really liked it
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
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