Bulldog Library

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

on September 9, 2013

JF Sanderson    •    Sci-Fi/Adventure

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On the day that Alcatraz Smedry turned 13, he received a package from his long lost father.  The time-worn package contained his inheritance: a bag of sand.  A bag of sand ordinary-looking beach sand!  After that, things get worse.  He burns down his foster parents’ kitchen; his case worker steals his sand; and a loony old man in a Model-T crashes through his living-room wall claiming to be his Grandfather Smedry.

His crazy Grandpa Smedry tells him that Evil Librarians have enslaved America and will use his bag of sand to take over the world if they are not stopped!  Can any of this possibly be true?  And how could Alcatraz’s talent for breaking things and Grandpa Smedry’s tendency to be late possibly be of any use against the organized evil of Librarians bent on world domination?!

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians is humorous, exciting, and more than just a bit crazy.  It will keep readers turning pages until the very end.

It should be noted, Brandon Sanderson is a viciously cruel author!  He entices readers in the first sentence of the first chapter with an extremely exciting hook, but he does not make good on the promise to resolve the cliffhanger and end the reader’s suspense.  Rather, he delights in keeping the reader on his hook for as long as possible.  Will he ever tell us the rest of the story?  He says he will, but can he be trusted?  Probably not, but you have to read on to find out!  Despite this cruel taunt, Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians is a wickedly good, action-packed, exciting adventure story.

Interest Level: grades 4-8  •  Lexile: 730L  •  AR: 4.9

Sanderson, B. (2007). Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

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