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The El Dorado Adventure by Lloyd Alexander
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The El Dorado Adventure (original 1987; edition 2000)

by Lloyd Alexander

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Title:The El Dorado Adventure
Authors:Lloyd Alexander
Info:Puffin (2000), Paperback, 176 pages
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The El Dorado Adventure by Lloyd Alexander (1987)

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Vesper and her guardian Brinnie head to the Central American country of El Dorado in response to a mysterious telegram. In El Dorado, they encounter earthquakes, volcanoes, Gatling guns, and their old nemesis Desmond Helvitius. Will Vesper and Brinnie be able to escape with their lives? Will they ever see Philadelphia again? ( )
  soraki | Apr 2, 2016 |
It's very difficult not to read these in one sitting. We're off again with Vesper Holly, a female amalgam of Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones. They books are narrated by her guardian, Brinnie, very much in the style of Sherlock Holmes, and set in the 1870s.

This one gets extra points for throwing in quite a bit of Spanish (and these were originally published before you had all the internet translators, and mostly before the vast majority of Americans had internet access), and for making a number of allusions to authors and real people that would not be part of the usual 9-13 year old's knowledge set (Rousseau, Simon Bolivar, and Adam Smith among others).

Alexander throws around 'civilized' and 'savage' a bit too much for me. While he also sometimes points out that these are false terms, often he doesn't. They may be set in the 1870s, but it's not like they're realistic books, exactly. There's also a bit of the white savior air to some of the books, though typically the rescuing goes back and forth a number of times between Vesper and her allies, and Vesper's role is often as a sort of intermediary.

This one was great in that Vesper and Acharro (and the chief of an indigenous tribe) don't cut each other any slack, and they call each other on their mistakes. This also deals with land rights, and while not a mirror of the building of the Panama canal, there are sort of parallels. ( )
2 vote mabith | Nov 3, 2014 |
Vesper Holly is pretty much the best role model for a little girl ever. She's like Indiana Jones but a girl. And a redhead. Oh yeah. ( )
  lola_leviathan | Jun 6, 2008 |
Vesper Holly drags her only-somewhat reluctant guardian Brinnie to a fictional Central American country in the late 1800s. They empower the native people, get captured and toyed with by their arch-nemesis and scope out Holly's inherited volcano.

This series is still fun, but not nearly as cool as it seemed when I was a kid. ( )
  heidialice | Sep 6, 2006 |
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Miss Vesper Holly is the only Philadelphian of my acquaintance to own a volcano.
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Vesper has just learned that she owns a volcano in the tiny republic of El Dorado-and Vesper being Vesper, she and her guardian respond to the mysterious telegram by sailing to Central America. Almost as soon as they've arrived, Vesper and Brinnie are thrust into danger. Someone wants her property, and they will stop at nothing to get it-even if that means destroying an entire tribe of Chirica Indians and Vesper herself!

"Vesper Holly is [Alexander]'s answer to Indiana Jones." -Kirkus Reviews

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Traveling to Central America to inspect her real estate holdings, seventeen-year-old Vesper tries to stop a villain from building a canal which would destroy an Indian tribe's homeland.

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