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Authors: Gordon McAlpine

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THE TELL-TALE START

THE TELL-TALE START

Gordon McAlpine

illustrations by Sam Zuppardi

VIKING
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First published in the United States of America by Viking,

 a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2013

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Text copyright © Gordon McAlpine, 2013

Illustrations copyright © Sam Zuppardi, 2013

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ISBN: 978-1-101-62133-2

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ALWAYS LEARNING
PEARSON

To my Dad—G. M.

To Jade—S. Z.

A black cat crossing your path signifies

that the animal is going somewhere.

—Groucho Marx

CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE:
No Ordinary School Day

CHAPTER TWO:
A Treacherous Fix

CHAPTER THREE:
Home School

CHAPTER FOUR:
Lessons in Horror

Mr. Poe in the Great Beyond

CHAPTER FIVE:
On the Road with the Poes

CHAPTER SIX:
Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Mr. Poe in the Great Beyond

CHAPTER SEVEN:
Tourist Trap

CHAPTER EIGHT:
Monkeys

CHAPTER NINE:
Stage Fright

CHAPTER TEN:
Underworld

CHAPTER ELEVEN:
Stars

Mr. Poe in the Great Beyond

NO ORDINARY SCHOOL DAY

EDGAR
and Allan Poe sat beside each other in the back row of their homeroom class, asleep. They’d been up late the night before, reading the latest in their favorite series, True Stories of Horror, and now they leaned shoulder-to-shoulder, head-to-head, together in dreamland. Like little sleeping angels….

Well, maybe not angels.

The Poe twins bore an uncanny resemblance to their famous great-great-great-great granduncle Edgar Allan Poe, the author of gothic tales so horrifying that for close to two centuries they have kept readers awake long into the night. Edgar and Allan were proud of their great-great-great-great granduncle and happy to look like him. Nonetheless, the resemblance ensured they would never be mistaken for run-of-the-mill boys.

The author Edgar Allan Poe as he looked in the 1840s

The Poe twins today

Edgar

Allan

It wasn’t just external similarities that the boys shared with their great-great-great-great granduncle—they also shared his taste for the thrilling and unexpected.

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