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

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  717 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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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Jun 08, 2010 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
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
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Feb 21, 2011 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!"
Jan 03, 2013 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!
Josh Newhouse
Sep 25, 2011 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...
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very neat book, perfect my kids! My kids have now read this twice! They really love it. Totally impressed!
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 24, 2011 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
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Personal Response
In my opinion, this was a good book. The book was kind of strange at times but that kept the story interesting. I could relate to the main characters so that also made the story interesting to me.

Plot Summary
The book is about two 11 year old twins, Oliver and Celia Navel, who like to sit at home and watch TV all day. Their father, Dr. Navel, on the other hand is an explorer who usually attempts to bring the twins along with his crazy adventures. Their mother was also an explorer
Brian Williams
Dec 07, 2015 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
Sep 18, 2010 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
Victoria Garcia
Dec 08, 2015 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
Margaret Dilloway
Jan 12, 2011 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
Nov 08, 2012 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!
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by:
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.
Feb 07, 2013 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.
Feb 17, 2011 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!
Tracy Onze
Aug 09, 2014 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.
Linda C
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun story!
Nov 01, 2012 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!
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for kids my age
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-reading
Reading with my kids. They rated this one 4 stars.
Jul 15, 2013 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!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children of explorers who don't want to explore. Mom goes missing, and Dad makes an outrageous bet. This forces them into action. Many adventures along the way. Will they earn their fondest desire -- cable TV?
Pms Student
The book the An Accidental Adventure by Alexander London is a good book. One thing that I like about it is that it takes place in Nepal. Another thing that I like about this story is that Oliver and celia are super funny. They always fight a lot because they are brother and sister. One thing that I don’t like about the book is that is is confusing of what they are doing. Another thing that I don’t like about the book is that the twins don’t really care that they are in cool places.
Cornelia Franke
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kinderbücher
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
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
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
Jun 28, 2011 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
“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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