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The Jedera Adventure [Paperback]

Alexander Lloyd
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June 1994
Returning a library book is easy. Unless the book  in question is a rare, valuable, very overdue  library book. And it must be retumed to the famed  library at Bel-Saaba in the North African country' of  Jedera. And it's in the hands of Vesper Holly.  Who's guaranteed to turn any seemingly simple errand  into an exciting  adventure.

Adventure it is! Feuding desert tribes, rough terrain,  slave traders, and a biting camel all threaten  Vesper as she leads a caravan toward the library. But  the biggest threat of all is the evil Dr.  Helvitius, who awaits Vesper in Bel-Saaba. Can Vesper stop  the fiendish plot he's hatching and triumph over  her archrival?
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Often, when YA novelists allow their characters to venture into foreign climes, an exotic locale serves little purpose but as a quaint backdrop. But fortunately for readers, Alexander makes the most of any territory Vesper Holly sets out to conquer. In her latest escapade, Vesper and her loyal guardian Brinnie journey to the North African country of Jedera in order to return a book to the library in the remote desert city of Bel-Saaba. In the course of their journey, the intrepid Philadelphians are sold into slavery, rescued by a fierce, blue-skinned Tawarik warrior and reunited with old friends from The El Dorado Adventure . Not surprisingly, they are also reunited with an old nemesis, the fiendish Dr. Helvitius, the mastermind behind the nastiness they've unearthed, whom Vesper vanquishes (temporarily, no doubt). Once again, the author succeeds in combining impeccably paced adventure with a thoughtful, compassionate evocation of a foreign land. All Vesper Holly's adventures enhance American readers' perceptions of life outside their own country: in addition to being solid entertainment, the books have the power to create a host of well-informed armchair travelers. Ages 10-14.
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Grade 6-10-- Number four in the Vesper Holly adventures, this time our always - intrepid heroine must return an overdue library book--a rare, valuable, very overdue library book--to the famed library at Bel-Saaba, in the North African country of Jedera. There's something here for everyone: a mysterious desert chieftain, a forbidden love, even an early flying machine. Following his formula in his own pleasant way, Alexander sees Vesper and her guardian Brinnie through encounters with slave traders, desert wars, and the evil Dr. Helvitius, Vesper's arch rival. As in the previous titles, Alexander does a nice job in giving a sense of reality to foreign (and fantastic) locations, filling them with "local" color. Light-hearted and breezy (although for more sophisticated readers because of the high reading level), this is easy to booktalk and sure to be popular with fans of the earlier Vesper Holly escapades. --Janice M. Del Negro, Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an extremly bad book... March 26 2002
By A Customer
I read this book a year ago, and to be completly honest with you, I found it fairly boring. I don't think that it is a fast paced book like all the other readers say, but the writing is very good and that is why I gave it three stars. I would have liked it much better if it had been placed somewhere in the early 1900's but it was set in 1870 (or somewhere around there), and that time period dosen't interest me very much. I think the one thing it lacked was a an ancient ruin or and artifact, and if it had that, I probly would have loved it.On the back of the book, it says 'Look out Indiana Jones! Here comes Vesper Holly!' But personaly I thought the young Indiana Jones books were better. I do really like the character Vesper Holly, but she tends to get on my nerves. It's still a good book, but not as action filled as I would have liked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones Eat Your Heart Out! Aug. 1 1997
By A Customer
I have been an avid fan of Mr. Alexander every since my aunt gave me a copy of Taran Wanderer many moons ago. I have read all of his works, more than once, over the last several years.

When I read the Vesper Holly Adventures several years ago I instantly fell in love with the character, and the Jedera Adventure is one of my favorite of her escapades. I often daydreamed of grand adventures with the illusive bule-skinned man and the other unique characters and villians who grace every page of this fantastic work of literary art.

While I have since graduated beyond most young adult literature, I will never outgrow the fabulous works of Mr. Alexander. I hope we can see more of Vesper Holly in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail The Jedera Adventure! Jan. 16 2000
By A Customer
The Jedera Adventure is my absolute favorite Vesper Holly book! It's Vesper Holly, the headstrong 18-year-old my friends and I adored when we read the series, back in her most exotic and one of her wildest adventures. It's been years since I read this in middle school but Vesper, Brinnie, Helvitius, Maleesh, Jenna, the Tawarik (including a blue-skinned chieftain called An-Jalil) still shine, along with all the cast of the Vesper Holly adventures. I recommend this series for anyone who likes adventures- with the occasional hint of romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Vesper Adventures Oct. 23 1999
By Gen
I've read all the Vesper Holly books (and ADORED each of them) but I'd have to say that this is my favorite. (Followed closely by the El Dorado adventure.) Fantastic plot, funny, exciting, and it gets even more clear that Helvetius is infauated with Vesper - a twist to the series that I found intriguing. I'd love to see a book in this series where they had to work together to solve some mysterious caper - but then I'd love to see another book in this series period. Amazing books, and this is the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a very nice book June 2 1998
By A Customer
"The Jedera Adventure" was a very good book I thought. Each character had their own personality and good or bad traits about them. I have not read the other Vesper books so sometimes I was a bit lost when people would be referred to from the other books in this series, but as I would read further it was easy to catch up. Lloyd Alexander did a nice job of letting you know subtley what that character was about. This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes andventure stories.
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