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The Philadelphia Adventure [Library Binding]

Lloyd Alexander
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April 9 2009
Vesper Holly has foiled murderers, crossed mountains, and narrowly escaped earthquakes. Now she's home in Philadelphia, where she can relax-until President Ulysses S. Grant asks for her help. The Centennial Exposition of 1876 is about to begin, and luminaries from around the world will be there. But so will Vesper's arch-nemesis, the evil Doctor Helvetius. There's only one person who can thwart his evil plans-Vesper Holly!

"A combination of historical fact, nonstop danger and intrigue, and masterful writing." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
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This fifth starring vehicle for Vesper Holly finds the spirited heroine tangling with villainy at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-8-- This fifth Vesper Holly adventure is set during the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Once again Alexander successfully combines ingredients familiar to the series' readers--eccentrically entertaining characterizations, seamless plotting, and breakneck pace. Narrated as usual by Brinnie, Vesper's guardian and friend, the events are set in motion by an appeal from President Grant when the emperor of Brazil's grandchildren are kidnapped by none other than Vesper's nemesis, Dr. Helvitius. Vesper, who must deliver a ransom at Helvitius' demand, suspects her old enemy has a larger scheme in mind, as indeed he does. As usual, events pile on top of events and each chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, speeding readers to the exciting conclusion. Fans will welcome back friends from previous adventures, especially Tobias Wistar Passavant, "The Weed," who is coming into his own here as hero and as budding love interest for Vesper. Brinnie's narration is the accustomed diverting counterpoint to the action, enriched with amusing asides. In sum, this is a treat for followers of this series; indeed for anyone who enjoys a well-told adventure story. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying! July 21 2003
By X. Chen
This was a wonderful book, with characteristic Lloyd Alexander wit and humor, along with his deft story-telling. People of all ages will enjoy this latest escapade of Vesper Holly!
Unlike the other books in the Vesper Holly series, this book takes places in an actual place, Philadelphia (as you might have gathered from the title). The World Exposition is going to be held there, but the opening keeps on being delayed, problems of plagued it from the start. President Grant goes to Vesper Holly's home and pleads for Vesper to rescue the kidnapped children in the care of the Brazilian King. The stage is set for some grand Vesper Holly action with her guardian Brinnie, Smiler and Slider (from the previous books), and a new character, Weed in toll! This is a fabulous book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Book April 17 2002
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I really enjoyed this book. It is by Lloyd Alexander, author of The High King winner of the Newbery Medal. One reason I enjoyed was that it kept on surprising me until the end.
It is not based on things that really happened, although it has people who really existed, such as President Ulysses S. Grant.
The adventure begins when Ulysses Grant comes to Vesper Holly's door asking for her help with a kidnaping of two children. The kidnaper is using the children to ransom the emperor of Brazil.
The kidnapper hates Vesper Holly, so he made it clear that bad things would happen to the children if she did not deliver the ransom. That way he can put her in danger to get revenge on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As always..fantastic Jan. 17 2003
The ever delightful Vesper Holly is back in this fifth chronicle by one of my favorite master storytellers. Vesper's resourcefulness, bravery and wit are ever-present while she falls in love (innocently) yet again. Her red hair, fiery personality, orphaned status and love for a certain fat cat conjure up another favorite heroine of the historical fiction world, exotic Nefret Emerson from the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Each of these books packs a lot of punch considering how short they are, making them perfect for any young reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Jan. 2 1999
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Perfect mix of adventure and mystery. Right when you think you know what's going on everything changes. Vesper is a perfect heroine and I have read some other books with Vesper as the star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VESPER IS COOL!!!!!!!!!! Nov. 11 2001
Vesper is so cool. One of the best reads. I love how honset and strong she is, it is one of the best girl adventure books.
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