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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by…

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

by Brandon Sanderson

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Series: Alcatraz (1)

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On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization.
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    readafew: I think Jack Blank is very similar to Alcatraz and Harry Potter, though without the overt humor. Worth a read.
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    hnau: Alcatraz and Laureth's brother Benjamin both have a talent to break certain things.
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Publisher's blurb:
"On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things. " (Booktopia)
My comment: OMG - this is Harry Potter meets Artemis Fowl meets Percy Jackson. Hilarious read to me because the bad guys are the evil Librarians who withhold knowledge to their own end. Loved the older grandfather character who's special ability if "arriving late" and how some of the other characters can "get lost" spontaneously. The book is also written directly TO the reader, so there are lots of jokes at both the author and the reader's own expense. (The 4th book in the series has incorrect page numbers deliberately so you can see what you are dealing with here.) Loved it. Highly recommended for Grade 5 up. ( )
  nicsreads | Jan 20, 2020 |
Not everyone can do what Terry Pratchett does, and for all the love I carry toward Brandon Sanderson stories and books, this one I would have burned if I hadn't read the ebook version.

It's rare that a story annoy me, but this one did! The constant "Now, you need to understand something about me.." It's good a few times, but not 5 times per chapters! Also, I didn't find anything really funny in it.

Again, this book proves to me that books labeled YA are simply lazy books that would never have been published 10 years ago. ( )
  kinwolf | Aug 25, 2019 |
Cute and snarky, though the librarian joke did get old.... ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
I am really enjoying this...we are listening to it together...started it in the car on our vacation. Evil librarians in a mad plot to take over the world mwahahahaha. Whats not to love ;) ( )
  Jandrew74 | May 26, 2019 |
Book Review – Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson is a YA fantasy novel about a boy called Alcatraz, given up by his parents at an early age, only to be shifted from one home to the next because of his talent for breaking things. But there is more to this boy than meets the eye and the librarians’ know it.

The Bad Stuff: I’m sorry, but I have to say it. This book was riddled with typos, missing letters, word double ups, etc… and could do with a thorough edit. But honestly, I can’t say anything else bad against this book.

The Good Stuff: I really enjoyed this book. No I mean it, I really enjoyed this book. Even with all the typos. They just didn’t bother me because I was enjoying it so much. It is witty and fun from the very beginning. It even has some good tips for budding writers as Alcatraz tells his story through a first person POV – And the most surprising thing of all, is that I hate first person POV. The way Sanderson handled this was pure style.

Overall this book is creative, well-paced, light hearted and fun. If you are looking for something a little quirky that will make you smile, I strongly recommend it. I’m giving this one a gadget breaking 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks.
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  AWA1 | Sep 24, 2018 |
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For all its self-aware preciosity, this still stands as a happily action-packed romp, with just the right amount of repartee between Alcatraz and his cantankerous teenage protector Bastille, and a cliffhanger ending that promises more of the same. Plus dinosaurs in tweed vests. Who could ask for more?
added by Katya0133 | editHorn Book Magazine (Jan 1, 2008)
Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one (and then revved up on steroids), this nutty novel isn't for everyone, but it's also sure to win passionate fans.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Nov 19, 2007)
Though there's intentionally more humor than drama, Alcatraz becomes a more complex figure by the time his adventure is through as he discovers the value of friendship, courage, and family. Readers who prefer fantasy with plenty of humor should enjoy entering Alcatraz's strange but amusing world.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Steven Engelfried (Nov 1, 2007)
Alcatraz often interrupts his story with comments about reading, sometimes predicting accurately that we won't believe the events on the page. He doubts that librarians will recommend this book. He may be right.
added by sad787d | editKirkus (Sep 1, 2007)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brandon Sandersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lungstrass, CharlotteTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brundage, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lazo, HayleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McWade, CharlieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ocampo, Ramon deNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my father, Winn Sanderson, who bought me books
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I am not a good person. (Foreword)
So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians. (Chapter 1)
Some people assume that authors write books because we have vivid imaginations and want to share our vision. Other people assume that authors write because we are bursting with stories, and therefore must scribble those stories down in moments of creative propondidty.
Both groups are completely wrong. Authors write books for one, and only one, reason: because we like to torture people.
Take for instance, the word I used above. Propondidty. There is no such word — I made it up. Why? Because it amused me to think of thousands of readers looking up a nonsense word in their dictionaries.
You could even scan to the end and read the last page. Know that by doing so, however, you would violate every holy and honorable storytelling principle known to man, thereby throwing the universe into chaos and causing grief to untold millions.
Your choice.
By now, it is probably very late at night, and you have stayed up to read this book when you should have gone to sleep. If this is the case, then I commend you for falling into my trap. It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of his books. It goes back to authors being terrible people who delight in the suffering of others. Plus, we get a kick back from the caffeine industry.
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