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Published:February 11th, 2012 18:59 EST
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians Book Review

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians Book Review

By Tony Graff

Brandon Sanderson is known for fantasy. His novel, The Way of Kings, holds true to the fantasy genre. It`s also one of the thickest paperback novels on the market. 

Then the author turns around and decides to write a middle school novel, about a kid who admits he`s not a nice person and infiltrates a library using eyeglasses and a talent for breaking things. The result is amazing. 

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians takes the teenage mind and expresses it succinctly. It`s told from the perspective of Alcatraz Smedry, a young man who has grown up moving from foster home to foster home because few families could put up with the items that constantly seem to break around him. In the latest foster home, Al receives a package from his parents containing his inheritance: a bag of sand. Feeling that they must have a sick sense of humor, he sets the kitchen on fire. 
And that`s about as normal as the book gets. From there we`re taken on an adventure with evil librarians, talking dinosaurs, and cars that drive themselves. Every character is quirky, yet seemingly human. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians pools from the entire spectrum of human personality and creates a story worth losing sleep to read. 

Plus, if you happen across the audiobook, read by Charlie McWade, get it. Charlie brings out the personalities of all characters involved and keeps the book moving at the pace Brandon Sanderson intended this humorous adventure to be written in.