Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz Series #3)

Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz Series #3)

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by Brandon Sanderson

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When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged


Nancy Pearl loves this series and we do too!

When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everything (that's his Talent), Alcatraz tries to save a city under siege. From who? Why, the Librarians of course!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
In this third volume of the adventures of Alcatraz Smedry, the thirteen-year-old is off to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia. There he discovers he is a legend: "Alcatraz the Lost." Raised in the Hushlands (our world) by foster parents, back in his homeland he learns he is the hero of such fantasy novels as Alcatraz Smedry and the Mechanic's Wrench—a sly dig at Harry Potter, of course, and an example of the offbeat humor in this light-hearted fantasy adventure series. But fame alone (and it turns out to have its downside) is not enough to solve the problems Alcatraz faces, which include a plan by the evil Librarians to acquire the Free Kingdom of Mokia and his friend Bastille's loss of her knighthood. Luckily, Alcatraz can draw on his special Smedry Talent—the ability to break things—as well as the Talents of other Smedrys, such as his grandfather's ability to be late for everything and Folsom Smedry's ability to dance so badly it amounts to a battle tactic. Alcatraz's mysterious Librarian mother turns up and steals an important book, which foreshadows further amusing adventures for our hero. It is best to have read the first two books in this series before this one, but fans will enjoy every silly moment. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Alcatraz, Grandpa Smedry, Bastille, and the rest of their group are aboard the Hawkwind, headed for Nalhalla in the Free Kingdoms when an explosion rocks them from the skies. Exciting as that event is, the information they are given after their rescue begins the real adventure. A sect of Librarians has approached the Council of Kings to sign a peace treaty. The Librarians are asking for the kingdom of Moika, and in return, they will agree to stop the fighting. Certain that there is something evil lurking behind the offer, Alcatraz begins investigating. After seeing his Librarian mother disappear into the Royal Archives (not a library!), Alcatraz becomes even more alarmed. Finding out who is behind which plot—and why they are doing it—is a tall order, and Alcatraz worries he will not be able to deliver. Will he disappoint his fans, Grandpa Smedry, and himself? Or is he actually the hero he claims he could not possible be? This reviewer absolutely agrees with Alcatraz's admonishments not to read this third book first. Information about occulators, family ties and talents, and why Librarians are Evil has been established and are not really repeated. Luckily the prequels are quick reads, and catching up takes no time at all. Offbeat humor, a budding romance, plenty of magic, creative world building, smart references to science fiction luminaries, clever word play, and good action scenes make this one a strong choice for young teen boys and adult fans of the SF genre. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman\
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Fresh from his victorious campaign in Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Scholastic, 2008), Alcatraz anticipates a triumphal return to his ancestral home. However, all is not well there. A deputation of Librarians, led by the fearsome She Who Cannot Be Named, is demanding that the realm of Mokia be handed over as a concession for ending their longstanding war, and Alcatraz suspects that the delegation is part of a more sinister Librarian scheme. Meanwhile, his friend and ally, Bastille, is facing disgrace as a result of their previous adventures and has lost her title of full Knight of Crystallia. Something is seriously amiss in Crystallia as well. With the help of a "recovering" Librarian and a hero-worshipping Prince, Alcatraz and Bastille must try to uncover the plot before the Librarian brute squad gets them all. As in his earlier adventures, Alcatraz frequently "breaks page" to address readers with side comments, instructions, and, occasionally, complaints and insults. Character relationships depend heavily on the previous books, although good and evil roles are less rigidly defined this time around. Alcatraz's changing perception of his parents is particularly interesting. He begins to sense love from the Librarian mother he has feared and hated, even as he grows concerned that his father may pose an unexpected threat to the Kingdoms. The rather complicated plot can be challenging to follow, and plenty of threads are left dangling for yet another sequel. Beneath the wild humor, there are surprisingly subtle messages about responsibility and courage.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Alcatraz Series, #3
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the Mistborn Trilogy and Elantris, which Orson Scott Card called "the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years." Alcatraz Smedry Versus the Evil Librarians is Brandon's first book for kids. He writes and plays with swords in Provo, Utah.

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Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
notstinky More than 1 year ago
Compelling. Great for any audience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DragonHeart More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. It wasn't as good as the first two books, but, hey. It's Alcatraz. You can't go wrong. There were some (cough) akward scenes between Alcatraz and female friend, Bastille, but nothing too bad. I wountdn't have read it if there were. Still i suggest the book to you.
Bobbinator More than 1 year ago
If you like adventure, and comedy, you'll love Alcatraz Vs. The Knights of Crystallia! I started reading the series with my dad and now I just read Alcatraz vs. the Knights of Crystallia by myself. In my mind, if your a pretty high level reader (Level T), this book is great for 3rd grade and up. The other books in the series are terrific.
crazy_aggie More than 1 year ago
What is the opposite of disappointment? Because whatever that is, it perfectly describes this book. The whole series is too fun - are we sure they're books? But of course they are, and here in the Hushlands really good books aren't easy to find. In this latest volume, our hero Alcatraz travels to his homeland Nalhalla and continues to have weird adventures, all described in his "unique" style. Don't be fooled into thinking it will be bad just because your teacher *recommends* it - they're trying use that psychology-stuff to trick you. Read it to find out what our hero breaks this time! Read it to find out what makes cousin Sing-Sing fall down! Read it to meet more Smedrys with inconvenient Talents! Read it to learn the real truth about fish sticks! Just read it!