Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz Series #2)

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Alcatraz Smedry is back with a new mission!

The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it's up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This second book will take Alcatraz and company on an exploration of the Library of Alexandria, which -- despite Librarian rumors -- was never destroyed. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking things, break into this secret ...

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Overview


Alcatraz Smedry is back with a new mission!

The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it's up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This second book will take Alcatraz and company on an exploration of the Library of Alexandria, which -- despite Librarian rumors -- was never destroyed. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking things, break into this secret world? Or will the Evil Librarians once again prevail?

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VOYA - Arlene Allen
The second Alcatraz Smedry adventure bursts open with Alcatraz in the "most danger I'd ever been in my entire life." After three months on the run from evil librarians, Alcatraz and his grandfather are about to make their way to the Free Kingdoms, where Alcatraz hopes to live a normal (and peril-free) life. Nothing ever goes as planned for a Smedry, though, and Grandpa Smedry has gone missing while Alcatraz ends up chased by a Scrivener's Bone, a creature of both flesh and machine who can neutralize the magic of Lenses. Rescued by Bastille, an ex-Crystallian Knight and Alcatraz's sometimes friend; his cousins Kaz and Austriala; and Bastille's warrior mother, Alcatraz goes off in search of the Library of Alexandria, where it seems not only is Grandpa Smedry hiding, but Alcatraz's own mysterious father has been spotted as well. Sanderson's second middle grade fantasy is every bit as clever, fast-paced, and original as Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Scholastic, 2007/VOYA October 2007). The bizarreness is ratcheted up a notch, however. One chapter opens with Alcatraz declaring himself a fish. It is blatant misdirection, as Alcatraz himself admits, as well as a sterling example of the author's razor sharp wit, but precocious devices like that-text written upside down and false endings-could send this novel over the heads of many of its intended readers. Howlingly funny for adults, older teens who can be persuaded to read a "juvenile" novel, and exceptionally bright middle schoolers, this example of Sanderson's own brilliance may actually work against him this time around. Reviewer: Arlene Allen\
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Gr 5-9

Alcatraz Smedry is back, and the action is just as nonstop, the librarians are just as evil, and the quips and asides (and outright lies) that the author insists on inflicting upon readers are just as omnipresent. Fortunately for the fans of Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Scholastic, 2007), these are all good things. On the run from a Scrivener's Bone, a half-human, half-machine assassin that has been sent to retrieve the Translator's Lenses that Alcatraz stole in the first book, the boy receives word that his father is in mortal danger in the Library of Alexandria. He and a crew of quirky relatives with odd but very useful Talents mount a daring and completely ludicrous rescue. Though some readers may find the author's non sequiturs and frequent interruptions in the narrative off-putting, those who enjoy their fantasy with a healthy dose of slapstick humor will be delighted. Give this novel to fans of Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" (Hyperion/Miramax) and Catherine Jinks's Cadel Piggott in Evil Genius (Harcourt, 2007). They will appreciate Sanderson's cheerful sarcastic wit and none-too-subtle digs at librarians.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439925549
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Alcatraz Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon Sanderson

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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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Very creative. I love Sanderson's humor

    Very creative. I love Sanderson's humor

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    The first book was awesome, and the second book continues the legacy. I have to read this alone, otherwise i creep my friends out due to ecessive laughter. It's hard to get me to laugh, but Alcatraz will definately make your side split. While Alcatraz is STILL trying to figure out how he gets himself into these insane situations, he keeps cracking jokes about these misfortunes.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Hysterical!

    I love Sanderson's fantasy novels, and his young adult novels are no disappointment either. Alcatraz is a wacky narrator, very funny. I love the way he's constantly making fun of Brandon Sanderson. The books are unpredictable and ironic. I highly recommend the whole series, but please start with Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians....or Alcatraz himself will make fun of you ;-p

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    Alcatraz

    Sanderson, B. (2008). Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones. New York: Scholastic
    Press.

    0439925533

    So I know I reviewed the first Alcatraz book a few weeks ago, but what can I say, I enjoyed it. So here's the second book. This time around, Alcatraz must search for his father and grandfather in the great Library of Alexandria (turns out it wasn't destroyed, just moved. It's a conspiracy).

    While I will admit to loving this fantasy/science fiction series, I have a very small bone to pick with the titles. While the 'versus' technique is cute on one hand, it always places Alcatraz in opposition. But on the other hand, opposition creates tension and tension helps make for a good read. But on the other hand, in a binary infested world do we really need more binaries. Hmmm. That's enough rambling and too many hands.

    Now lets move on to the opening sentence. The "So, there I was," phrasing is used in both books multiple times. This could turn into a fun writing exercise to do with students-Have them create their own stories beginning with "So, there I was.."

    Once again, Sanderson includes the use of guns and violence in the book with no serious consequences. (however there is a repeated promise of death to the character, Bastille) On the plus side though, Sanderson maintains the strength of his enjoyable and humorous meta-narrative that explores the conditions of leadership and heroism. I made be forced to add him to the short list of authors that I would marry no questions asked. (This is a big deal, guys! This is a very short list and Sanderson just might get his name put on it).

    Activities to do with the book:

    Along with considering discussions of how to construct a tense and drama -filled narrative, students can also discuss if Alcatraz is a trustworthy narrator.
    Another discussion would be to consider the way Western culture is viewed in the Alcatraz books. A reader can feel like an anthropologist, examining their own culture.

    Overall, Alcatraz's sarcastic voice could manage to entice many struggling readers. If that is the case, it's important to maintain the sense of fun inherent in this series.

    Favorite Quotes:

    "You think you know me. You've listened to the storytellers. You've talked with your friends about my exploits. You've read history books and heard the criers tell of my heroic deeds. The trouble is, the only people who are bigger liars than myself are the people who like to talk about me" (Foreword).

    For some reason, the more powerful a pair of Oculatory Lenses is, the less cool they tend to look. I'm developing a theory about it-the Law of Disproportional Lameness.)" (p. 2).

    "I feel I need to break the action here to warn you that I frequently break the action to mention trivial things" (p. 7).


    FOR MORE OF MY REVIEWS, VISIT sjkessel.blogspot.com

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