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Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit

(Azra's Pith)

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Alexander Drake is a curious young man. He lives in a drab, oversized mansion with his secretive father and spends his days playing alone. Where is his mother? And why is his father so tight-lipped about the past?

But secrets have a way of getting out. And a stay at his grandmother's cottage provides strange clues to his father's past. A past Alexander is determined to find
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Published by Wild Child Publishing (first published January 7th 2011)
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Sheila
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memories of Gulliver’s Travels and Narnia bubble up as I enjoy this fast-action middle-grade novel of a lonely young man discovering his heritage. An absent mother and a father who seems almost too busy to care leave Alexander Drake feeling awkward and lonely around his peers, but now he’s going to spend some time at his beloved grandmother’s house while Dad travels again. There Alexander finds a locked drawer, a mysterious key, and a map, all of which lead the lonely boy through the forest to A ...more
Britt, Book Habitue
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I read the ARC ebook, so there could be changes in the final copy, but I thought it was a pretty good coming-of-age type story. Would appeal to kids 6-10, I'd say. I thought the main character seemed maybe a little younger than 11.

Total cliffhanger ending-- mostly this is setup for the series.
Chloe
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a hoot! The characters are delightful and the last paragraph or two gave me goosebumps. I can't wait until part 2!!

I'm totally going to read this to my kids once they're old enough -- it's rated 8 years and up, but I'm sure a 6 or 7 year old might like it, too.
Kathy Martin
This middle grade story is filled with interesting and entertaining characters. When Alexander first enters the world of Azra's Pith his first companion is Ferdinand, a hopper, who is there to assist him on his journey to find his grandfather the king. But when Ferdinand is captured by the evil murks, minions of the even more evil Imperius, Alexander is forced to wander alone until he encounters a lowly dirt pip. Dirt pips are small, cowardly, and thieves but Libera does help Alexander rescue Fe ...more
Leah (White Sky Project)
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This book is such a fun and exciting read. Alexander Drake is an 11-year-old boy who feels that he doesn't quite belong anywhere. He feels different from all the other kids and his mind is always elsewhere. He is always wondering and dreaming about his mother and gets frustrated that his father never tells him anything. He finds out just how different he is when his dad takes him to visit his grandmother. While exploring the forest around his grandmother’s house, Alexander meets a talking frog n ...more
Jennifer
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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First, I must start by saying that I loved this story. However, I'm not sure whether this is a small book that wants to be a middle grade novel, or a middle grade novel that wants to be a chapter book. Due to length (As a PDF it is 127 pages, but as an e-book, it's 72 pages), this is really more of a small book than a middle grade novel, but the content seems more novel worthy. It felt like the first quarter of a novel... or the first third if Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows fleshed things out a bit ...more
L_manning
Alexander Drake has an interesting life to say the least. He lives in a giant house with a father who's never around. He spends a lot of time with his grandparents as his mother passed away. All that's about to change. While staying in his Dad's old room he finds some strange things that soon lead him into an even stranger world. Talking frogs and dirt pips are the least of his worries. Something is out to get him, something bad. Alexander is determined to make it to Verhonia and get some answer ...more
Nancy
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alexander was a young boy about 10 who longed for nothing more than to see and talk with his mother. Dad was stand-offish, probably still hurting himself but really didn’t pay much attention to Alex. Alex was a klutz, knobby-kneed English school-boy who was alone a lot.
Going to stay with his grandmother while Dad went off on another archeological expedition was a highlight! Until Alexander realizes that he is off on another sort of adventure. That of finding himself. He finds that his father was
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Christina M Condy
What a fabulous story. This book is perfect for that inbetween age. Ages 8 and up is where I'd place the story. It does have some larger words in it that may confuse an 8 year old but with mom's help it can easily be read by someone in that age.

The book is very short for a Novel only about 120 pages. The main character Alexander is a young boy who doesn't really have any friends. He enters into a world full of magic. His first encounter is with a "talking frog" or a Hopper. The world is very cr
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Alexander believes that he is going to his grandmother's house while his father is away. Little does he know that he is about to embark upon a grand adventure.

He is curious to know more about the mother who died shortly after he is born and decides that while he is at his grandmothers he has the perfect opportunity to look for answers. He steps out the door early one morning and goes out to explore the forest. There he finds a doorway into another realm.

Alexander meets many unique friends. His f
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Melissa Waldron
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The title sounded interesting so when I was given the opportunity to read a copy of this book, I took it.

The main character, Alexander, is spending time at his grandmother's house while his father is away on a trip. While exploring the woods around her house, he stumbles onto the entrance to another world. The story takes you on his journey through this world as he tries to learn more about the mother that he never knew.

The story and characters are well
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Fantasy Flipper
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An exciting read perfect for kids! The characters in Azra's Pith are funny and make the story entertaining. Alexander is shy and reserved at first, then grows throughout the story. I think this is appropriate for kids seven to eleven. Ended in a cliff hanger and the next one is not even out yet!
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