Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians review

I gave Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson to my son for Christmas and recently had the chance to read it myself. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading Brandon’s adult fiction and was curious to see how he would adapt his style for children’s literature. The pacing and descriptions are appropriate for his 13-year-old narrator, but his hallmark originality is still in tact! Alcatraz (the narrator) goes to great lengths to stress that he is not a nice person and proves it with some highly amusing asides about the cruelty of writers. “Cruel Writers Versus Evil Librarians” doesn’t have the same ring to it, but it does raise some intriguing conjectures! In addition to being named for a prison (I won’t give away the explanation given for that), Alcatraz is also unique in that he has the ability to spontaneously break things. When he turns 13 and events unfold rapidly, revealing his true identity, he learns that his ability is a highly regarded Talent, as are being late, tripping, and speaking gibberish, among others! Alcatraz also learns that an evil cult of Librarians has been hiding the truth about the world by controlling the knowledge disseminated about it. Their reach is so extensive they have even concealed continents! In order to stop them from gaining even more power Alcatraz must infiltrate their library headquarters to recover the inheritance that was stolen from him. Full of humor and innovation, this book really speaks to kids and adults who refuse to grow up alike!

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One Response to “Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians review”

  1. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the book! I thought it was hilarious about how authors are cruel. I think everyone should read this book! I feel it isn’t at all like Harry Potter and thought Brandon was being very clever with the story. I recommend reading it!

    Rating: *****

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