The Pet and the Pendulum: For the Classroom

Book 3 of The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe by Gordon McAlpine

“Telepathically conjoined twins, distant relatives of the eminent author, fall into the clutches of their mad-scientist nemesis one last time in this truly explosive series finale…A fitting conclusion to a series as suspenseful as it is less-than-earnest, in which mad science, quantum entanglement, encounters with ghosts, and sly twists on literary figures and memes all figure.”

Kirkus Reviews

In The Tell-Tale Start, twins Edgar and Allan Poe foiled Professor Perry and his plan to kill one of them for his nefarious experiment. Now, in The Pet and the Pendulum, it’s the final showdown, which takes place in an old mansion outside the boys’ hometown. The Pet and the Pendulum is filled with codes, brain-teasers, humor, and cameos by the actual Edgar Allan Poe, who watches over his great- great-great-great grandnephews from the Great Beyond. You won’t want to miss the Misadventures’ exciting conclusion!

Discussion Questions

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  1. In class, Edgar and Allan report very exciting things about their Winter Break. What is the most exciting, interesting, or funny thing you have ever done over Winter Break?
  2. Asthenovelopens,whyaretheboysparticularlyconcernedabouttheBradbury Communications satellite, which was accidentally launched into space seven years before with their parents aboard?
  3. Which is your favorite of Edgar and Allan’s home projects, the electronic cat door, the Galileo replica telescope, or the shoes that use the wearer’s own energy to melt snow on driveways? Why is it your favorite?
  4. What are the twins looking for at the Enoch Pratt Memorial Library and why?
  5. Who do Edgar and Allan believe they meet at the library? Who have they actually encountered?
  6. At the Roastmaster’s meeting, why do the twins put on a play about the murder of their great-great-great-great granduncle?
  7. In the Great Beyond, why is Mr. Edgar Allan Poe particularly outraged that the nefarious Professor Perry is planning to use a pendulum-like blade to kill one of the twins?
  8. When the Poe family arrives at Willow Tree Manor, what favorite foods await each? For Edgar and Allan? For Uncle Jack? For Aunt Judith? For Roderick?
  9. Where did Edgar and Allan get the idea to use the chocolate in their pockets to entice the rats to chew through the binding ropes?
  10. When Mr. Poe is honored by the other authors in The Great Beyond, including even Mr. Shakespeare, what do you think they admire most about him?