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Literature: The Adventures of Archie Reynolds

Story of a 12-year-old boy and the adventures he has in his neighborhood, dealing with situations like bullies, girls, and smugglers. Essentially Slice of Life meets adventure in a suburban setting.

There's basically two elements to the book. The Slice of Life elements are episodic, and woven inbetween the adventure elements, which follow the protagonists as they investigate a mysterious tunnel and a series of clues, resulting in them getting into trouble with smugglers.

This book contains examples of:

  • Banging for Help: Amanda is Bound and Gagged in a crate and banging and "mmmphhing" to get attention, which scares Archie for a bit.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to Amanda inside a crate.
  • The Bully: There are two who play a role during the first third of the story. One of them has a bizarre obsession with pirates.
  • Free-Range Children: The main characters explore the town, an underground passage, and even ride an inflatable raft across a river.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Archie and his two male friends have a very negative view of girls, and don't want them to play tackleball (a variation of football) with them.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: The dialog contains exclamations such as "darn!", "good grief!", "darn near!" and "nothing doing!". The time period of the story isn't stated.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: When riding an inflatable raft through a river, one of these shows up.
  • Informed Attractiveness: The narration refers to three neighbor girls as "three attractive girls" when introduced.
  • Kid Detective: The heroes become that (in the classic "clue solving" sense) when trying to figure out the secret of the tunnel.
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: Each clue the kids find leads to them searching for the next.
  • Secret Underground Passage: There is one used by smugglers, that the heroes stumble across while exploring the neighborhood.
  • Shown Their Work: The author has a great deal of knowledge involving tunnel construction, and it shows. The tunnel and its design are described in great detail.
  • Slice of Life: The main theme of the story, crossed with some suburban adventure.
  • íThree Amigos! - Archie and his two friends, who he is usually with. Amanda and her two friends, who are usually with her.


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alternative title(s): The Adventures Of Archie Reynolds
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