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

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

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by Brandon Sanderson
     
 

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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

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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 world? Or will the Evil Librarians once again prevail?

Editorial Reviews

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\
School Library Journal

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:
10/01/2009
Series:
Alcatraz Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
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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