Dear Reader:

We have left things unresolved! What began as your average story of a boy stumbling upon a pig in a teeny hat and a secret international explorers society has turned into an adventure of epic proportions.

The bad news: The boy (Sebastian) has been kidnapped by a trio of troublesome thugs.

The good news: His new friend Evie has promised to rescue him!

The bad news: Sebastian has been taken halfway around the world.

The good news: Evie has famous explorer and former Filipendulous Five member Catherine Lind at her side!

The bad news: There's still the whole matter of Evie's grandfather (the leader of the Filipendulous Five) somewhere out there in grave danger.

The good news: Pursuing Sebastian will lead Evie and Catherine to another member of the Filipendulous Five, who might be able to help.

This missive is a call to action and an invitation to join in mystery, bravery, and danger. We are about to embark on one amazingly reckless rescue.



Read a preview excerpt here!

Click here for your free download of THE EXPLORERS: THE RECKLESS RESCUE STUDY GUIDE for your class!



"The self-aware, third-person narration switches between Evie and Sebastian, always maintaining the same metafictive humor and goofy, sometimes-ranting, footnote-style asides as the previous book. . . Delightfully silly." - Kirkus

"The series is exactly what young readers love: goofy silliness, mystery, and superb characters." - Always in the Middle (full review here)

"It did keep me reading past bedtime because you couldn't do "just one more chapter"...." - Mrs. Knott's Book Nook (full review here)

"Kress’s villains are truly villainous, and her heroes are fabulously complicated. Her work contains twists and turns, keeping readers from immediately seeing the endgame. As with The Explorers: The Door in the Alley, I was enthusiastically engaged with the story, the characters, the settings, and the nuance that Kress brought forward in The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue. Fans and future fans will be impressed with this delightful follow-up." - CM Magazine 

"What began as a story of a boy, a pig in a teeny hat and a secret international society of explorers, has turned into an epic adventure!" - Best Books Kids and Teens Magazine

"Adrienne Kress has a knack for combining silly humor with fast-paced scenes -- lots of running, climbing, jumping, dodging, racing around corners, etc. I love it all." - Bookfoolery (full review here)

"Like the first book, I found that the snarky narrator, silly footnotes, and ridiculous situations was humor that is right up my alley, causing many laugh out loud moments, but let’s not forget that the story is also a nerve-racking adventure story!" - Unleashing Readers (full review here)

"This time, my son read most of the book to himself. . .He's eight, in third grade . . . Here's his review:  Did you like the second Explorers book? Yes! It was a great book.  Who would you recommend it to?  I already recommended it to (his teacher)! He said he'll have to read it. Do you want to read the next one? There's another one? Can I read it now?  What was your favorite part? Escaping the bad guys with The Lost Boys. Was there a part you didn't like? No, I loved all of it." - Operation Awesome (full review here)

"This book is a quick and fun read that focuses on the discovery of self and the love of adventure. It is action packed throughout and keeps the reader on their toes." - Reader Cotton Tail (full review here)


INTERVIEWS: Q&A: "I like the playfulness, humour and absurdity. Most of all, I love the fact that a note of hope is welcome in MG books"

Global Morning Halifax/NB interview: video here

Toronto Guardian: A Day in the Life of Adrienne Kress

Daytime Ottawa interview: video here.



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