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Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, No. 1) (edition 2008)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, No. 1)
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:middle school, librarians, fantasy, humor, won at a raffle, my teacher loves me, at your library, grandfather, clumsiness, multigenerational, social issues, family

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Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

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    The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch (readafew)
    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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Did I delve into this book - with library card in hand - with the expectation that it would be educational, enlightening and entertaining? You bet I did! I love my library, I have several evil Librarian friends - and really, given the title, how could I not read it!

Did I enjoy this book? YES! I especially enjoyed the narrator's ability to bring spot-on voice to the characters; kudos to the narrator, Charlie McWade!!

The book encompassed so many of the things I love about books . . adventure, family, relationship-building and Occulator's Glasses (er, maybe not the last one!). The author's (Brandon Sanderson) persomality and sense of humor carried through to the end. It was a fun read that left me wondering if the *movie rights* have been sold!! It is the first of a series .. I'm planning to read the rest of 'em soon! Highly recommended to those who enjoy quirky humor, fantasy and the, always enjoyable, character/narrator interaction.
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  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
Alcatraz is a sarcastic teenager whose greatest talent is breaking things. After he gets a bag of sand from his parents on his thirteenth birthday, his grandfather shows up and starts talking about Smedry talents, evil librarians, and lenses. Without really meaning to, Alcatraz gets caught up in the war against the evil librarians to get his inheritance (the bag of sand) back. This book is full of Brandon Sanderson's fun sense of humor and is a quick, enjoyable read for anyone who needs to sit back and relax for awhile. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 2, 2016 |
Sanderson keeps his saw sharpened by writing not only adult fantasy novels, but children's as well. Alcatraz probably targets the pre-teen readers, but I read this to my 7yo daughter, and she loves it. It's written as an autobiography of Alcatraz himself. So, it goes back and forth between him explaining the book itself, and telling the story, which is kind of interesting, a bit jarring at times. But, the magic system is introduced through "Smedry Talents", which turn out to be quite quirky and odd, but he ends up working them into the story fairly well. ( )
  atoponce | Jan 29, 2016 |
From the book jacket - Alcatraz Smedry has an incredible talent for breaking things; he’s hardly a hero. But he receives a bag of sand on his thirteenth birthday, and his life takes a bizarre turn. This is no ordinary bag of sand, and 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! … by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

My reactions
Clearly inspired (a rip-off?) by Harry Potter, but nowhere near so well executed. Sanderson includes all sorts of asides and breaks in the story to explain “literary hooks” or “cliffhangers” or to specifically point out foreshadowing. It seems like a desperate effort to be clever to me; and it fails. Although I can see how this story would appeal to the target audience (8-12-year-olds), it just annoyed me.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
I wanted to like this book soooo much and it just didn't happen for me. I don't know why but I couldn't get into it the way I wanted to. Alcatraz is sarcastic and funny but I wasn't always amused the way I felt I should be amused. The idea of another world existing alongside our own that we know nothing about should have been amazing but it fell flat. Alcatraz breaks the fourth wall a lot with asides and humor but it just didn't work....I don't know if I'm giving the next volume a shot. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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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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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439925525, Mass Market Paperback)

The evil Librarians are coming!

A hero with an incredible talent...for breaking things. A life-or-death mission...to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network...the evil Librarians.
Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them!...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

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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.… (more)

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