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Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

by Brandon Sanderson

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Series: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (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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    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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    She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick (hnau)
    hnau: Alcatraz and Laureth's brother Benjamin both have a talent to break certain things.
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    The Remarkable Retirement of Edna Fisher by E. M. Anderson (Othemts)

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What a delightful book to get me out of my reading slump! This is fun, meta, and creative. As a librarian, I know I should disapprove, but I'll just have to get back to being secretly evil some other time... ( )
  staygoldsunshine | Apr 23, 2024 |
El Sanderson más juvenil sigue siendo Sanderson. Diversión en una lectura ligera que le gusta jugar con el lector. Perfecta para niños y jóvenes pero disfrutable por adultos igualmente.

Con ganas de ver en que lios se mete Alcatraz.

EDIT: Aunque he puesto 4 estrellas, seria mas un 3,5-3,75. Me ha entretenido mucho pero tampoco es lo mejor en juvenil que he leído aunque sigue siendo mejor que la media. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
My kids are completely obsessed with this series. Witty, ridiculous, meta fun.
  sloth852 | Feb 19, 2024 |
This was an extremely fun read with the usual Brandon Sanderson brilliance. ( )
  jfranzone | Feb 14, 2024 |
Pretty hilarious. I got little annoyed by the constant editorial injections at the beginning of each chapter, but found myself cracking up throughout this fast paced adventure. If it had not been a library copy, there would have been dog ears to particularly hilarious points. Recommended to me by a teen who loves some fantasy adventure novels, i would pass on the recommendation because it was worth the bus hours spent reading it. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
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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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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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