Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz Series #4)

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The fourth and final book in the fabulously funny Alcatraz Smedry series!

Alcatraz Smedry, the boy with the incredible Talent for breaking things, has a lot to prove and little time in which to do it. In this final adventure, Alcatraz faces an army of librarians--and their giant robots--as they battle to win the kingdom of Mokia. If the librarians win the war, everything that Alcatraz has fought so hard for could end in disaster. Alcatraz must face the robots, the evil ...

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Overview

The fourth and final book in the fabulously funny Alcatraz Smedry series!

Alcatraz Smedry, the boy with the incredible Talent for breaking things, has a lot to prove and little time in which to do it. In this final adventure, Alcatraz faces an army of librarians--and their giant robots--as they battle to win the kingdom of Mokia. If the librarians win the war, everything that Alcatraz has fought so hard for could end in disaster. Alcatraz must face the robots, the evil librarians, and even his own manipulative mother! But will he be able to save the kingdom of Mokia and the Free Kingdoms from the wrath of the librarians before everything comes crashing down?

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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Alcatraz can only be described as a figment of no sane person's imagination. He is a super hero that arms himself with the wrong talents that seem to be successful even though it makes absolutely no sense. Our hero must find other like heroes that possess a weird ability and defeat an army of librarians and save the kingdom of Mokia. His arsenal includes explosive teddy bears which always makes me nervous. This book does not have typical chapters or scenes, and it completely lacks sequence or order of any kind. These facts give this book its unique charm and place in the literary world for wacked out readers that find reading boring and time consuming. Every page takes the reader on an adventure that they must pay attention to or else get left behind, and they can not take the plot too seriously or lose the intention of the author, Sanderson. As an adult, the book frustrates me and leaves me wondering why I keep turning the pages and should I be taking ADD medicine to make it easier for me to understand. It lacks believability and depth, but it will entertain young readers. This book proves reading can be fun. This book is part of the "Alcatraz" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439925570
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Alcatraz Series , #4
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.01 (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 December 1, 2012

    A fun story

    A quirky and fun YA novel. I love it when an author doesn't take himself too seriously.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Great story line. I would recommend it to anyone, no matter what

    Great story line. I would recommend it to anyone, no matter what age

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Hilarity with a hidden dose of education

    Alcatraz vs. The Shattered Lense is the fourth installment in the Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson. For those of you who are fans of Sanderson, as am I, this series is written in a completely different style from his other works. Obviously, it is intended for a younger audience (middle schoolers.) Both of my two sons, ages 11 and 14, have enjoyed these books immensely, and the 4th book is no exception. These books are laugh out loud funny. What's more, seldom have my boys have interrupted themselves from a book simply because they had to share with me, "Mom, you gotta hear this!" While the books are truly hilarious, I do not believe that Sanderson wrote them just for entertainment. (I'm on to you, Mr. Sanderson!) As an educator, I recognize writing instruction when I see it, no matter how well disguised. For those of you who are also teachers, these books are "voice" on steroids. They are full of writer's craft and techniques, which Sanderson actually spares a paragraph or two discussing and/or analyzing later in each chapter. Yet his "lessons" are so witty and cleverly incorporated into the body of the text that his young readers remain blissfully unaware that they are his captive students. The Alcatraz series is a wonderful resource for teachers and parents who wish to provide young writers with high quality models. But even if you are less ambitious, and just looking for a little entertainment and escapism, these books are a riot!

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    extra highly recommended

    this book is totally funny with its witty humor and joke craking narrator.this series is my favorite of all time i love it.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!!

    this is the next book in the series and i REALLY wanna read it!! I loved numbers 1, 2, and 3, and I don't know if i can wait until october for number 4!! they are funny (like the laugh-out-loud kind in the middle of class. It's not just dialogue, but the narrator's humor and storytelling) I haven't read the other books by this author, but i do know that they are pretty good, this series is 1st person and is really easy to follow along, just confusing to follow the plot, but that is pretty much the point: you get lost, but you love it anyway. So far i love the eccentric characters and i can't wait to read more about them!!

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