Alcatraz Smedry has a gift - he breaks everything he touches. This gift has caused him to move from foster home to foster home. Now, as he approaches his 13th birthday, he receives a birthday gift - a bag of sand. No ordinary bag of sand is this -oh, no- this sand can bring down empires and bestow great power. Imagine the possibilities of this sand now that it is in the hands of none other than the Evil Librarians. Thank goodness his uncle shows up to help reclaim the sand. He shows up late because that is his gift. The gift of lateness. Comes in handy when you're late for pain. Can they find the sand? Is it too late?
action/adventure boys middle readers older readers edgy fiction reluctant reader
320 pages 978-0765378941 Ages 8-12
Recommended by: Barb Langridge
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians is the first action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. These fast-paced and funny novels are now available in deluxe hardcover editions illustrated by Hayley Lazo.
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things.--from the publisher
"In this original, hysterical homage to fantasy literature, Sanderson's first novel for youth recalls the best in Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events." -VOYA
Other titles in the series: Scrivener's Bones (2); Knights of Crystallia (3); Shattered Lens (4); Dark Talent (5)