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Adrienne Kress is a Canadian author and actress.[1][2][3]

Adrienne Kress
Adrienne Kress - Outcast Release Party
Adrienne Kress - Outcast Release Party
BornToronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationWriter, Actor
GenreChildren's and young adult
Notable worksAlex and the Ironic Gentleman



Adrienne Kress is the author[4][5] of the internationally published and award-winning children's novels Alex and the Ironic Gentleman (Selected by the New York Post as one of its post Harry Potter reading suggestions)[6] and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate (Scholastic), as well as the Young Adult novels, The Friday Society (Penguin) and Outcast (Diversion Books).[7][5][8][9]

In 2016 and 2017 she released two new Middle Grade novels, each the first in an upcoming series: The Explorers: The Door in the Alley (Random House)[10][11][12] and Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X., the latter in collaboration with The New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (set in the same world as his Looking Glass Wars trilogy).

Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. was announced on The View with Adrienne cosplaying as Alyss Heart, one of the series' protagonists, along with Whoopie Goldberg who supported the Kickstarter campaign for the creation of a Looking Glass Wars graphic novel and bought a reward to have the character The Queen of Clubs in the book series based on her.[13][14][15]

Also in 2016, her essay appeared alongside Margaret Atwood and Mariko Tamaki in the non-fiction anthology The Secret Loves Of Geek Girls (Bedside Press).[16]

Spring 2018 will see the release of the second book in The Explorers series: The Reckless Rescue.[17]

Adrienne has also been featured on InnerSPACE for her work incorporating the martial art of Bartitsu made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle into The Friday Society.[18][19][20][21]

Film AdaptationsEdit

According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the film rights to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman have been bought by The Weinstein Company.[22][23]

According to Variety and Quill and Quire, Disney is adapting The Explorers with Academy Award Nominee Michael De Luca attached as producer.[24][25]


  • Alex and the Ironic Gentleman won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in the UK and was nominated for the Red Cedar in Canada.[12][26]
  • Timothy and the Dragon's Gate was nominated for the Audie (USA) and the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award (Canada).[26][12]



  • Kress, Adrienne. The Friday Society (Dial Penguin [Razorbill Canada] 2012)
  • Kress, Adrienne. Outcast (Diversion Books, 2013)
  • Kress, Adrienne. Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (Automatic Publishing, 2016)
  • Kress, Adrienne. The Explorers: The Door in the Alley (Delacorte Random House, 2017)

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman seriesEdit

  • Kress, Adrienne. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman (Weinstein Books [Scholastic UK/Canada] 2007)
  • Kress, Adrienne. Timothy and the Dragon's Gate (Weinstein Books [Scholastic UK/Canada] 2008)

Short FictionEdit

  • Kress, Adrienne. "The Clockwork Corset", Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances [edited by Trisha Telep] (Running Press Kids, 2011)


  • Kress, Adrienne. "The Inevitable Decline of Decadence", The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition [edited by Leah Wilson] (Smart Pop Books, 2012)
  • Kress, Adrienne. "The Emergence of YA", The Complete Guide to Writing for Young Adults [edited by Gabrielle Harbowy] (Dragon Moon Press, 2014)
  • Kress, Adrienne. "I'm Your Biggest Fan", The Secret Loves Of Geek Girls [edited by Hope Nicholson] (Bedside Press, 2016)


  1. ^ "Adrienne Kress' Oscar insight". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  2. ^ "BOOK DARLING – ADRIENNE KRESS | | #doingmyjob". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  3. ^ "Magical World | Home | TORO MAGAZINE | What Men Need to Know about Sex, Style, Music, Sports, Drinks & Video". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  4. ^ "Adrienne and the new career". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  5. ^ a b "Passionately Playful | Home | TORO MAGAZINE | What Men Need to Know about Sex, Style, Music, Sports, Drinks & Video". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  6. ^ Shen, Maxine (2007-08-18). "POST POTTER PICKS". New York Post. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  7. ^ Dobbs, Michael Ann. "This steampunk girls' adventure novel might actually knock your goggles off". io9. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  8. ^ Mathieu, Emily (2008-12-12). "Easy access to fine food, scenic walking paths and the Toronto Reference Library are what Adrienne Kress loves about living in the Avenue Rd. and Davenport Rd. area". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  9. ^ "Steampunk for teens: A Q&A with Adrienne Kress". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  10. ^ "Bologna 2015: The Hunt for Something 'Special'". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  11. ^ "Rights Report: Week of April 6, 2015". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  12. ^ a b c "{TB EXCLUSIVE} Award-Winner Adrienne Kress' "The Explorers Club" On The Market, Michael De Luca Producing". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  13. ^ "Whoopi Goldberg Is The Queen of Clubs in Hatter M". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  14. ^ "Hatter Madigan". Goodreads. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  15. ^ "Frank Beddor's First Young Hatter Book To Be Announced On The View On Friday??". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  16. ^ "Geek girls gain voice through text, comic anthology". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  17. ^ "Cover Reveal for The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue by Adrienne Kress". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  18. ^ "» Bartitsu featured on InnerSPACE". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  19. ^ "» Adrienne Kress". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  20. ^ Munro, Michael. "Bartitsu: the steampunk martial art of Sherlock Holmes". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  21. ^ "2013: the Bartitsu year in review". Eskrima Kombat. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  22. ^ Zeitchik, Steven. "Weinsteins acquire 'Mad' rights". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  23. ^ "Weinstein Co. bound to book series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  24. ^ "Disney Developing 'Explorers Club' Movie With Michael De Luca". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  25. ^ "Walt Disney Pictures options Adrienne Kress's adventure series | Quill and Quire". Quill and Quire. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  26. ^ a b "Adrienne Kress performs in classic Broadway comedy at Perth Festival's fifth anniversary". Retrieved 2015-08-21.

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