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The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes

(Saint Lupin's Quest Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  866 ratings  ·  246 reviews
Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to trav ...more
Published September 13th 2016 by Little, Brown
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Wade White This is the first book in a planned series. While the story is for the most part self-contained, there are nevertheless questions remaining that will …moreThis is the first book in a planned series. While the story is for the most part self-contained, there are nevertheless questions remaining that will be picked up and explored further in the next book.(less)

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Tarun Shanker
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was in 1st grade and my parents took me to the library every week, Louis Sacher’s Wayside School series was my comfort read. When I couldn’t find any new books that piqued my interest (and even when I did), I’d always be sure to grab any Wayside book sitting on the shelf. They were laugh-out-loud funny, no matter how many times I read them, and beneath the humor and the fantastic elements, they were written with a real affection for the characters and the world that always brought me back ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the most fun I've had reading a hero's quest in ages. Wade Albert White's humorous voice is astounding, making this story captivating from page one.

THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE is the story of a girl named Anne, her best friend Penelope, and a host of other characters inhabiting a unique world filled with floating islands of humanity. In this world, dragons abound, magick runs wild, and Anne finds herself in possession of a prophecy medal and a very short amount of time to fulfill its precari
Bridget Hodder
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brimming with hilarity and buzzing with action, this clever adventure has something for every Middle Grade reader!

Who can resist a magical quest for an unknown destiny that involves cruel matrons, plucky gruel-eating orphans, ancient robots, dragons, and every conceivable adventure plot twist...delivered with the perfect touch of ironic humor? (Oh, and don't forget the zombie sharks.)

Wade Albert White delivers outrageous fun with quite possibly the most astonishing level of danger (and bureaucr
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS Such fun!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this middle great adventure story. I could imagine Wade Albert White having the best time writing this. Fortunately, he doesn't strike me as one of those smug humorists who sits back after typing the last word and chuckles to himself over his own cleverness (and how much more clever he is than his readers); I really feel White is generous with his humor, writing a story he loves and then inviting us all aboard for a jolly good time. It also happens to be
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
[from Lex Zacharias, age 12] One of the best books I have ever read. Better than Harry Potter. Wade White is the author of the century no doubt. Anvil is a remarkable character with good morals and a great sense of humour a great book for everyone! Thank you Wade for loaning me your advanced copy, I can't wait for the final copy to come out. I am already excited to read book two in the series!
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for kids, but with added:

and, well...*Kids

Adorable and genuinely funny! Yay!
Victoria Coe
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Wow, this was outrageously fun! Anvil & Penelope (aka Anne & Pen) are desperate to escape from St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked & Hideously Unattractive Children, where every orphan is treated with the same amount of disdain and neglect. With the help of a magick library book, a powerful gauntlet, and an enchanted sparrow, they join with a mysteriously brilliant sidekick named Hiro and a cast of surpri
Nicole M. Hewitt
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Fed My Addiction:

The humor!
This book is delightfully witty---I can't remember the last time I laughed so much when reading. And it's the kind of humor that both kids and adults can appreciate. I can tell you for sure that would have adored this book when I was a middle grader (it made me nostalgic for the Robert Asprin and Terry Pratchett books I read as a kid). Not only is the MC's voice fun, but there are hilarious tongue-in-cheek notes from a narrator between each chapter as well.

Full o
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I received an Advanced Readers Copy in return for an honest review, which I am happy to provide.

I have been waiting a long time for the heir to Lemony Snicket & Patricia Wrede's Dragon books, and I have found him! Yup - Wade White is hysterically funny, brilliantly imaginative and his Anvil, a protagonist worth getting behind! Kids will love it for the cheeky humour and the rip-roaring adventure; adults will love it for its cleverness and brilliance. Me? Already counting the days till I can buy
Monica Tesler
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes! The story is filled with original humor, exciting adventure, and cool world building. I cared about the characters, especially the determined Ann and her brave friend Penelope. I love how there's a bit of science fiction, and probably more on its way in the series. I can't wait to hand this one to my son who's moving from shorter, funny books to longer adventure series. Wade Albert White is a great new voice in the tween scifi/fantasy realm! ...more
A really great madcap Middle Grade featuring snide dragons, wolves formed of sand, those mythical ROBOTS, found family, and enough dry humour to amuse adults reading while small people are more focused on the OMG CAT HEADMISTRESS OF SCHOOL. I got the best of both worlds really.

And oh my GOSH this is polished for a first book.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: shelf-awareness
I'm back from vacation ya'll!

Unfortunately, this didn't ensnare me the way it did for everyone else. I blame myself entirely for that though--the day I finished this I was leaving for my first-ever trip to Europe, and I was all nerves and giddiness. It would definitely be fair to say that I wasn't fully focused on the book.

I think it was just too long for me at that time. It took too long to get to the meat and potatoes (of which I had lots of in Ireland, mmmmmm) of the plot and I started to get
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loads of fun and refreshingly unpredictable!
The characters are delightful and ones I want to cheer on. And I like that the protagonist was multi-layered, not easily cliched, and very kind.

There were a few things I would have changed (I'm all for bending the rules when they are oppressively imposed, but I think I'd have liked a little more discussion on why this was okay, and I wasn't thrilled with fighting the one dragon who was, after all, just doing its job). But, those two things aside, I rea
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful. It was funny and silly but was still a great story. It was just what I needed at this point in time (I had just finished reading something really heavy and needed a pick-me-up.

The book is about Anne and her friend Penelope, who are both orphans in a really horrible orphanage. When they turn 13 they are supposed to be kicked out but Anne doesn't get a ticket to leave. Then a mysterious professor from a quest school turns up with a gauntlet and an offer of an exciting car
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 5-7
374 pages. I really enjoyed this book. The main characters are very believable and likable. I loved the humor throughout. There are so many little details that will make you wonder or laugh. It is kind of a combination of adventure and fantasy…with a little bit of sci-fi, too. Even though the protagonist is a girl, I think boys will love the story as well. The author wrote an amazing tale and I cannot wait to read the next one in this series. Bravo! Highly recommended for students in 5th -7th gr ...more
Cindy Anstey
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious! Looking forward to the next Wade Albert White book!
Cale Dietrich
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The publisher is describing this book as “packed with action, humor, and endless heart” and this claim is totally accurate – it’s actually the perfect way to describe this wonderful, exciting and incredibly fun first novel in a series that will surely become a new favourite for many.

ESCAPES is the story of Anne, a young heroine who is incredibly likeable from the first second she appears. She’s had a tough upbringing as an orphan from Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously
S.A. Larsen
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adventure (& HUMOR), Cool Settings (& HUMOR), and Fun (with more HUMOR!)

What can I say? This is one of the most fun reads I've read in a long time. It wasn't just humor-filled, but utterly hilarious at points. Two lowly, yet clever and brave misfits paired up with an adequately skilled upper-class (my definition) for an adventure that takes them to far away lands via flames of a dragon's breath. Haha! (Don't worry. You'll understand after you read the story.) And of course there are all sorts of
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this from the first few chapters, but found myself liking it more and more as the book went on and I got more into the adventure! It's creative and fast paced and moves right along, and I really liked the mix of action and humor--and I liked the heroes, too. Not all of my questions were answered by the end, and it left me wondering about some things, but I still found it a satisfying ending. I'm looking forward to more adventures with Anne and company! ...more
Kristen Harvey
A fun adventure story about two orphan girls who become adventurers and quest bearers and have to save their world from evil! A bit of a post-apocalyptic setting with technology being broken and magic being more relevant. Really enjoyed the characters, plot and setting of this one! Read it in a day I enjoyed it so much!
Ashley Clark
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I don't like much middle grade fiction, but this one was cute. I genuinely enjoyed it and found it funny.

IL: MG - BL: 5.7 - AR Pts: 10.0 374 pgs.
Anne is an orphan. She has spent her whole life at St. Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. It’s not a good place to live. The matron is awful—she works the kids all day long, gives out awful punishments, and only cares about the money she can get from the government for orphan care. If the kids get ad
If you enjoy snarky comments and plenty of humor, this enjoyable fantasy novel is for you. I'm a fan of snarky comments and humor so I really enjoyed this book. Anne has spent her entire life at St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children (orphanage). The existence is not a pleasant one as the children spend most of their time completing punishments or doing chores. The only thing that made it bearable was the presence of her best friend, Penelope, and the li ...more
Bethany Stevenson
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was weird. In an awesome page turning excitement gripping never predictable way. It was engaging and funny to the very last page!! I just wish the ending didn't leave with a few unanswered questions. I'm so glad I read this book because the world and plot are unforgettably original. And the characters, those characters were hilarious and unique!
Anne Beardsley
The setting is somewhere between fantasy, science fiction, and satire.
The characters (particularly the side ones) are downright funky, and always interesting.
The storytelling is what would happen if you had a mid-air collision between a high-octane action-adventure (that happened to be carrying the cargo of intrigue/mystery) and a rollicking, laid-back cheerful comedy.

And somehow it works.
I had a blast. I'm currently reading the next one. I'll read any other he writes. This book is ....easy to
Abdul Rehman
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book! Elements for kids and adults alike.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So clever, and so much fun. I hope there will be a movie.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was previewing this as a read aloud for the kids and we will definitely read it together. It’s hilarious and I know they’ll love it. I also love how it pokes fun of the deus ex machina.
Janet Sketchley
This book was so much fun! It's a middle-grade children's book, but this adult thoroughly enjoyed it and plans to keep reading the series despite the lack of appropriately-aged children to read it with.

Madcap, over-the-top, and well suited for reading the best lines to anyone in earshot.
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
An action-filled adventure and challenge as thirteen-year-olds battle dragons and villains. Great MG novel.
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Wade hails from Nova Scotia, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches part time, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously.

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