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Eleven-year-old Orion lives with his stodgy grandfather in eastern Maine, where nothing exciting ever happens. But then a series of strange events draws him into the mystery of a lost explorer, and Orion is swept up in a whirlwind of adventure that takes him to the top of the world. To survive he must outwit a scheming treasure hunter, team up with a gang of flimps, and ta ...more
Paperback, Award Cover Edition , 286 pages
Published May 19th 2014 by Shake-A-Leg Press
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Diane
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping adventure fantasy tale for young readers ages 9 and older... Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is all about exploration and discovery, and even the most reluctant young reader will find this saga promises an energetic, vivid read.
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Will Summerhouse's Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is an exciting adventure novel for children and young adults. It's a standalone novel full of suspense, action and adventure, and it also has a few speculative fiction elements in it.

I was positively surprised by Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer, because it was a fantastic, fast-paced and charming adventure novel for younger readers. It's one of the most intriguing and well written adventure novels that have been written for children and young ad
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Joanna Marple
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Lines:

If you read what Mr. Lumpkin wrote in the newspaper about my adventure at the top of the world, you only got half the story. I don’t know why but he left out some of the best parts like how I got chased all over the place, and shot at, and knocked out, and almost eaten.

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Eleven-year old Orion Poe lives on the Maine coast with his crusty grampa. The tale begins the night of an ornery hurricane when Orion saves the life of a wounded storm survivor. After outwitting some stranger
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Queen Spades
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: royally-favored
Note: This was provided in exchange for an honest review.

The story began with Orion Poe taking over as the narrator of his own tale because the previous narrator got some parts of it wrong. It definitely set the stage for the primary target audience of this work which is around middle school to young adult.

First, I loved the external and internal visuals of this work. It matched the ambiance of a big adventure on the water. Since it is hinted there will be more of Orion Poe in the future, I hop
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Kristi Bernard
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orion Poe lives on the edge of Maine. A quiet cove known as West Quoddy Head holds a lighthouse which is his home with his grandfather, Patrick Poe. One stormy night, Orion found that he couldn't sleep so he sat by his window and listened to the storms, that is until he saw a bright light flash. He decided that he would sneak out to see what it was, since he was sure it wasn't lightening. What he saw was a strange looking man with a face filled with freckles and windburned. But, that wasn't all, ...more
Pop Bop
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"Strange and Fantastic"; A Ripping Yarn

"Strange and fantastic" is how Orion describes his adventure, and that seems about right. Think "Treasure Island", with a touch of Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth", and a little bit of "Oliver Twist", and you'll have a snapshot idea of what this book is like.

Eleven year old Orion rescues a stranger shipwrecked on the coast near his grandpa's Maine lighthouse. He escapes with the stranger's closely guarded dispatch box just as bad guys arrive to
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Sharon Tyler
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is a middle grade adventure novel by Will Summerhouse. Eleven-year-old Orion lives with his stodgy grandfather in eastern Maine. When a series of strange events draws Orion into the mystery of a lost explorer he is swept up in an adventure that takes him to the top of the world. To survive he must survive in the arctic, outwit a scheming treasure hunter, and take on a tyrant with an anger management problem. Can Orion solve the mystery and get back home alive?

Orio
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Tonja Drecker
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It grabs from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the end. While the first part reminded me more of TREASURE ISLAND (perhaps, the ghostly ship, evil captain and adventure to sea did that), the second half takes on a feeling similar to THE GOLDEN COMPASS.

The main character, a boy named Orion, is plunged into an amazing adventure which leads him all the way to an island in the Arctic, and to an even more exciting adventure as he and his comrades battle their way across t
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is a tale of adventure and suspense told from the point of view of Orion himself retelling the miraculous escape from an uncharted island. The second you start reading you are dumped into action with a mysterious man appearing during a severe storm off the coast of Maine. The man leaves something with Orion and tells him to protect it. Orion finds a map to an island that was believed to be the last known place of a man named Franklin, a great explorer who disappe ...more
Dottie
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into it. I wanted to, and I tried to, but just couldn't.

The opening paragraph is the main character explaining what kind of adventure he went on in the past and that he's going to tell the real story of it, but that takes away any sense of danger later because that means clearly he survived just fine.

The author goes into great detail of the mundane day-to-day happenings but I never got a sense of anything exciting happening for much of the first half of the book. The boy goes
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Rhonda
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer by Will Summerhouse

4 STARS

Is a exciting adventure with surprises around every corner. The story as characters that I liked, admired, who I disliked and ones I hated. Had unknown creatures attacking in the fog. Had boat races and fights aboard ships. It is a fast paced adventure for ages 8 and up.

Orion Poe is a eleven year old. He has courage, curious mind and spirit of adventure. He lives with his grandfather in eastern Maine.
He rescues a man washed ashore. Becaus
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Carolina
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my goodness!! Where do I even begin? I guess with how I found out about this book. I actually won this book through a Goodreads giveaway! I had planned to read this book much later in the year, but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked!

Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is sure to grab your attention from the start. Orion Poe is a simple eleven-year-old boy, living a simple eleven-year-old life, until a man and a ship wash up near his grandfather's lighthouse. What follows after this enc
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Pam Torres
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See complete review here: soimfifty.blogspot.com

Summerhouse begins his adventure by telling us that the official news story about the adventure left out exciting details. The reader immediately wants to know what really happened. I came to enjoy Orion's voice and appreciated learning historical information along the way. This is a non-stop adventure and I recommend it as a wonderful read-aloud and educational opportunity to address geology, oceanography, climatology and meteorology. Summerhouse
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Melissa
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
What a fun, energetic read for young and old alike. I enjoyed every page! It had action, adventure, mystery and much more. Can't wait to share the book with my kids.

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY*
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Tosha Holliman
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My son read this and loved all of the adventure filled inside. I love when my kids get into books and dont want to put them down!!!!
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Will Summerhouse is an award-winning author whose debut novel, Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer, has been praised by critics and readers alike. In addition to earning a string of 5-star reviews, Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer won the 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award and has been nominated for Best Middle Grade Novel of 2014 by Kid Lit Reviews.

Will is currently hard at work on the second book in Th
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