Celia and Oliver live in a house of adventurers, but they hate adventure. Adventures get in the way of watching their favorite tv shows. When a Tibetan mountain climber brings to their father a note from their mother, last seen look for the lost city of Shangri-La, that nasty “a” word happens again. This time, their father bets Sir Edmund, the family’s archnemesis and this book’s arch-villain, that all 3 of them will find the lost cit. If they fail, they will not only get kicked out of their father’s adventure club (yeah!), but also be forced to work for Sir Edmund every school vacation until they turn 18. Sir Edmund, however, doesn’t want to stop there. He won’t stop until they’re dead. Will Celia and Oliver ever find their mother? Will they ever get to watch tv again. Will they survive?
The book was slow to get started and hard to get into. The characters aren’t that well-developed and only semi-believable and likable. The humor, however, is good and the story is unique. Readers who like heavy humor with a little bit of adventure might like this book. EL(4-6), MS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.