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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Alfred Kropp #1)

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Alfred Kropp is the last person you’d think could save the world. But when this oversized underachiever gets roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme, his life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Little does Alfred know he has been tricked into stealing Excalibur–the legendary sword of King Arthur–and the most powerful weapon ever wielded by man.
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Published January 10th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2005)
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Meghan No it is meant for children around 7-12 I believe. Not quite young adult but not for young children either, but you could read it to them.. It is an…moreNo it is meant for children around 7-12 I believe. Not quite young adult but not for young children either, but you could read it to them.. It is an adventure series.(less)
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Vane J.
I love Rick Yancey. I know that's no secret for you. But the thing is, I didn't know what to expect from this book. The only thing I knew about it was that it had Arthurian mythology and the adventures of a 15-year-old boy who turns out to be more special than he thought he was... and that it was written by Yancey, but that's all.

Before reading this, I had read both The 5th Wave and The Monstrumologist series. In both of them, although very different in content, you can see Yancey's style runnin
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Here's the thing with this book: If you cannot suspend your disbelief, then do not attempt to read this book. If you can, and you want to have lots of fun, enjoy a book full of adventure, with a deeper message, and you enjoy action/adventure, then dive in!

This was a fun book. It had a bit of a slow start, but then, watch out. I absolutely loved Alfred. He is considered a screw up--not good at anything. He's big and awkward, blocky big. Think linebacker. But this young man...he saves the world, a
Jan 02, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For readers of Rick Riordan's novels and King Arthur's knights of the round table lore.
A.L. Garner
Dec 03, 2013 A.L. Garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to make one thing clear right off the bat, this is one of my favorite books of all time.

Let's start with what the story is about. Alfred is a little slow, a little fat, a little awkward. He is nothing like the fine-ass superheroes we see and "love" today which is the first reason why Alfred Kropp is a real hero for the ages. He is poor, he lives with a really lame, money hungry uncle and his life sucks. Nobody wants to be this kid and yet, while you are reading this, adult or child alike,
Jan 18, 2010 Nelson_h rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2010
Have you ever wondered what a modern-day knight would look like? Well, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfredd Kropp by Rick Yancey answers this question. Within the pages of the book lies a amazing adventure story for the ages.

Yancy's novel portrays one basic theme troughout, no matter how bad you mess up, you can always fix the problem.

Rick Yancey does a pretty good job with his characters. Most seem like they could be real people, except the present-day knights. The characters do not all have
Jennifer Wardrip
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Alfred Kropp is big enough to play football, but too clumsy to be any good, and too dense to remember the playbook. In fact, Alfred doesn't really excel at anything. Except for his height and big head, he's pretty much average. Ordinary. If only he were smaller, he could go through each day unnoticed.

He has no father and his mother died of cancer when he was only twelve. For two years he's been juggled between various foster homes until his Uncle
Aug 18, 2014 Ayesha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the title, I was absolutely sure I wouldn't like this book or get through it. I've dropped books like hot buns even if they had amazing covers (and this one doesn't have an amazing title OR cover--and I'll get to more issues about the cover in a bit).

I love this book. Never quite read anything like it. Well, yes, it's your usual hero-gets-call-to-adventure story, but it's also a pretty darn good one. Some characters were very predictable, but most of them have depth, including our ma
Ariel Acupan
Sep 06, 2011 Ariel Acupan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the entire review HERE.

I already got a copy of this seating on my bookshelf for a long time now and there was no one asking me why I haven’t read it yet. I blame my GR friends, you know who you are. hehehe. But seriously, this is a great YA book. The world building, unlike any other fantasy books, is somewhat near to reality and that’s the way I like it. Others would try to let you swallow the story upfront, like here’s a cake and you should eat it all in one bite. But here, it started out
May 12, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-this-book
This was a great adventure book. I read it with my 11 year old son. There are parts where there is some killing but it's done in a way that makes the story appropriate for the age level it's written for. The action and adventure really kept our interest. The story is more of a modern day tale of a King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table. There are references to that time period and some of the characters are even descendants of the round table knights. Alfred has some hard times to deal w ...more
Dec 20, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really enjoyable. Fans of Alex Rider books will probably feel right at home in this modern-world-looser-meets-medieval-fantasy-adventure story. Alfred is a solid hero, his mentor is believable, and the quest rolls along on Ferrari wheels. The action sequences are top notch and the pacing almost without fault. Appropriate for middle school readers, I expect older teens will also devour this.
I listened to this one on audiobook and there was never a moment where I was dying to know what would happen. It was rather short(and thus relatively painless) but I didn't particularly enjoy any of the characters -- in fact, I found most of them rather annoying. I am not a huge fan of retellings of the Camelot/King Arthur story but I can understand why fans of that genre might enjoy this one.
Mar 25, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp" sweeps the reader up in the thrilling non-stop action adventure of a big and blocky fifteen year old who's struggling to survive high school only to wind up saving the world from destruction. The story heats up when Alfred's uncle coerces him into helping him steal a fabled sword from Bernard Samson Enterprises. After handing it over to the despicable, untrustworthy Arthur Myers (aka Mogart) his troubles begin when his uncle is murdered and he's thr ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really only read this because I'm such a fan of Yancey's Monstrumologist series. Nothing he's written has compared to that series, but this was still quite fun. Alfred Kropp is an unlikely hero--he's big and awkward, not very good at school, not good at sports, thinks he's not at all good-looking, has no real friends. He never knew his father, and his mother died of cancer, and he ends up forced to live with an uncle he doesn't particularly like. Then one day, the uncle is offered money by a t ...more
Cinthia Palomino
Jun 01, 2010 Cinthia Palomino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fifteen-year-old, down-on-his-luck Alfred Kropp seems to have drawn the short straw in life. Cursed from birth by his unusually large proportions, including his big head, big hands and big feet, the kids at school call him Frankenstein and everyone thinks he's mentally handicapped, even though he's most definitely not. (His worried mom once even had his IQ tested and confirmed that he was "just a big boy meant for big things.") His shy, awkward personality doesn't help matters, nor does his tend
Krysta Aryel
Feb 14, 2013 Krysta Aryel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this book is more of a light read. It does not contain that much of a heavy theme or things that could throw me into a row of unexplained emotion. I pretty much figure out most of the conflicts before I reach the end of the book. So the story was a so-so.

What really drawn into finishing this book in a day is that the writing style is so easy and interesting. And the main character, Alfred Kropp, is a gem. The book tells from his point of view and my, Alfred is very amusing. Even when he
Tyler Greene
Apr 29, 2010 Tyler Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Percy Jackson lovers
Recommended to Tyler by: Alex Mazzaferro
"The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp" is a story about how an oversized, underachieving, ordinary teen saves the world. Alfred Kropp is a 15 year old orphan who lives with his Uncle Farrell in Knoxville, Tennessee. Uncle Farrell works as a nightguard at Samson Industries. Everything was going horrible for Alfred, as usual, when Uncle Farrell got a get rich quick proposal form a man named Arthur Meyers. Alfred was then thrust into a plot to steal the most dangerous weapon ever known to h ...more
This book is kind of an odd duck. To get across what an accidental hero Alfred is, he really does come off as a bit of a dufus, living a dull sort of existence. He is extraordinarily ordinary.

But some crazy things do happen to him, and he's just kind of like, "Huh. Ok." Occasionally he challenges the wisdom of a situation, but usually in a completely innocent, guileless sort of way that does indeed make him seem a little special. We are reassured throughout that he is not, however. In the end,
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
bought cheap at a charity bazaar. A game little page-turner with the ever-alluring Arthurian business played out in tandem with a gawky, misfit teenager's coming of age. This stuff isn't meant to be taken too seriously, but I have to admit I was troubled that the teenaged hero brutalises and kills people with a sword. The fact that the people are a crazed would-be world dominator and his minions and that the sword is the righteous Excalibur doesn't help a lot. The Bauer-esque philosophy of judgi ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great action adventure Story. If you like Percy Jackson, Rangers Apprentice, The Young James Bond or Alex Rider, you will like Alfred Kropp. 15 year old Alfred wants to be a normal teenager, healing from his Mother's illness and death, when his Uncle and only living relative convinces him to help steal a sword from the uncle's employer. Against Alfred's better judgment he agrees and that is where the action begins and it doesn't stop. With all kinds of nasties after him, Alfred has to try to sta ...more
Carrie Ackerson

At what point does an anti-hero become a hero? For fifteen-year-old Alfred Kropp, it’s when he begins to take action and responsibility for himself. Alfred is a huge guy and not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so people make fun of him. But he is the last living heir to Sir Lancelot and blood will tell. Alfred helps steal the sword Excalibur so that his uncle won’t send him back to foster care, but then the Bad Guys kill his uncle. So Alfred, who still does not want to
Apr 26, 2016 Sadie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a short but very fun read! It had loads of action, some good battles and sword fights, and the classic good vs. evil storyline, which is my favorite. I thought the way it was written and the main character was actually pretty realistic. In the usual story, when an ordinary kid is thrown into a crazy adventure, they handle it without shock or fear- even though they have never experienced something as crazy as what is happening to them. They often take action as though they had been ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Maya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, for me, was a major let-down. THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP is a Percy Jackson-like play on King Arthur mythology (more like Percy Jackson smooshed together with A Series of Unfortunate Events), but it's not executed well. It's bulky and none of the characters are likeable. The plot isn't well explained. The relationships between the characters aren't even slightly realistic.

I wasn't expecting anything out of this novel, since I randomly selected it from the library bo
Marcos Perez
Nov 04, 2009 Marcos Perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Alfred Kropp, he's an average boy...that is ridiculously huge for his age. He lived with his mom, until she died of cancer. His father abandoned them before he was born, so he had to go live with his uncle Farrel. One day when he comes home, his uncle tells him they're going to steal a sword from a man named Mr. Samson because there is a guy name Arthur Myers who wants the sword and is willing to pay 500,000 dollars for it.
Aryanna Meyer
Dec 15, 2015 Aryanna Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was okay. Not as good as the 5th wave or The munstrumonoligist, But not bad either. I liked how it was based off of the nights of the round table.
I kind of had a hard time envisioning what Alfred looked like, but I could kind of figure out his personality.
I'm not writing a lot about this one, but I might do a review on youtube on it. So go check it out if I do! Bye!
Mr. Z
One of 15 middle school Sunshine State books. I gave this 5 stars for ACTION. Middle school boys that appreciate fast-paced adventure stories need to read this book! I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.
Jan 05, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great boy adventure book. And it's all about values. A good-natured loser steals Excalibur then tries to save it after discovering he was on the wrong side & is descended from Lancelot. The kid does what is RIGHT every time and somehow it all works out.
Jason Farley
Jan 30, 2009 Jason Farley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This was the literary equivalent of a footlong corndog at the fair. Delicious and greasy and the exactly what you want in certain settings.
Fast cars, swords and knights, quickly written adventure story.
Dec 03, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this book on CD during a long car drive. It kept all my kids interested across the age spectrum. The book on CD was well read with lots of fun voices. Great,clean adventure. It did have a lot of violence but it didn't feel dark and overbearing with the violence.
Мне кажется, я прочитала какую-то вторичную и достаточно бездарную фигню, в очередной раз эксплуатирующую Эскалибур и рыцарей Круглого стола
great book i like all the gory parts like when jules got his head chopped off and thwrown through a window.
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“But we fall only that we might rise, Alfred. All of us fall; all of us, as you say, screw up. Falling is not important. It is how we get up after the fall that's important.” 13 likes
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