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Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,163 ratings  ·  452 reviews
Alcatraz Smedry is back with a new mission!

The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it's up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This second book will take Alcatraz and company on an exploration of the Library of Alexandria, which -- despite Librarian rumors -- was never destroyed. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can A
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Second book in Sanderson's YA series.

I'm listening to these on Audio, and really enjoying them despite the fact that they're only about 6-7 hours long each. Or it might be more fair to say I'm enjoying them *because* they're short and sweet. Bite sized. It's nice to start and audiobook and know I'm not going to be tied to it for a solid month.

This continues in the good tradition of the first book. Exploring the world. More adventure. Good mystery. Forward motion on the main plot. Playful and l
Franco  Santos
3.5: En algunas partes me aburrió, pero en general es una muy buena secuela. Muy entretenida.

The trouble with being different is that people start defining you by what you are instead of by who you are.
Another enjoyable installment in the "fictional" tales of Alcatraz Smedry. Here, Alcatraz must stomach a flight in a glass aircraft, attempt to rescue members of his family, and take on the Scrivener's Bones. Quite a lot, no? Additionally, Alcatraz must grow as a person, must decide if he wants to assume the leadership role that's been thrust upon him.

I thoroughly enjoyed the second Alcatraz book! The plot was interesting and fast paced, and the new characters were fun and unique. I even found m
I loved the first "Alcatraz" novel--it was so funny, off-beat, original, such a great "voice" and intriguing philosophical ideas. I'm not sure why I wasn't more into this one--perhaps it was just a case of being "mismatched" with wrong book at the wrong time since Tyler still really enjoyed this second book and I see many others did, as well. I still thought it was amusing but it just didn't seem to move fast enough for me--or, perhaps, to go far enough--and I found myself being a little bored r ...more
[5 Stars] This is my favorite book out of the series so far! It was just so good! I adore how clever all the characters are. I adore the way Brandon Sanderson has this entire metafiction aspect to these books. I also really loved the setting of this one. All in all, if you like weird whimsical middle grade fantasy you really need to read this book series.
Sanderson, B. (2008). Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones. New York: Scholastic


So I know I reviewed the first Alcatraz book a few weeks ago, but what can I say, I enjoyed it. So here’s the second book. This time around, Alcatraz must search for his father and grandfather in the great Library of Alexandria (turns out it wasn’t destroyed, just moved. It’s a conspiracy).

While I will admit to loving this fantasy/science fiction series, I have a very small bone to pick with the
Once again an extremely enjoyable YA book from Brandon Sanderson. This book is the second in the series begun with Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. The sarcasm is off the charts, there is great adventure, and even some thoughtful ruminations thrown in. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy adventure, or just a series of good laughs. I would especially recommend it to tween and teen reluctant readers, who are sure to enjoy the humor and fast-paced escapades. I great ...more
I love this series.
Miquel Codony
OPINIÓN EN MARZO DE 2013: Es un poco menos convincente que la primera entrega pero sigue valiendo la pena. Sin duda seguiré con la historia.

OPINIÓN EN DICIEMBRE DE 2014: No ha variado, aunque por disfrute le daría 4 estrellas. Me gusta el trabajo con Alcatraz y Kaz y todo el rollo metaliterario. Es un libro "bisagra".

Seguimos para bingo.
Apr 12, 2009 Jared rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody
Just as awesome as the first book, if not better. Funny characters, funny writing, and, again, it makes you think about evaluating truth. There's some pretty interesting philosophy mixed in with the humor and action. I love Alcatraz's cousin's gift of waking up ugly.
I thought this was a good sequel to the first, and I'm looking forward to more. There's plenty of humor and adventure, as well as things to make you think. Thoroughly enjoyable :-)
Great as per usual. Loved it. Cover art made no sense whatsoever.
Back to the world of the Free Kingdoms vs. the (evil) Librarians. In book two of Alcatraz Smedry's auto-biography, Alcatraz must visit the ancient Library of Alexandria which is curated by the undead. The price of checking a book out of the Library of Alexandria? Your soul. Now Alcatraz must follow his grandfather who is following his father and hopefully stop them from voluntarily giving the Library their souls in exchange for some book.

This novel is excellent. Sanderson (or Smedry) has an exc
Scott Lee
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel in Brandon Sanderson's middle grades series. I have yet to read either of the YA novels he's published this year Rithmatist or Steelheart--Actually I'd have to check the release date on Steelheart it may be out later this month--but this novel demonstrates his firm command of writing for this age group. this one isn't going to be Harry Potter, or Twilight, or Hungergames, even the slightly lesser middlegrades/YA explosions like The Mortal Instruments (lesse ...more
The second book in Brandon Sanderson's "Alcatraz" series proved to be so much fun, probably not with as much apparent zaniness as the first book, but I enjoyed it immensely. Yes, Alcatraz is still the lovable unreliable narrator that he was in the first book, but this book has him undertaking a different venture as he searches for his grandfather and father in an adventure that takes him to a library in Alexandria, Egypt. He joins up with his cousin Australia, his friend Bastille (who's awesome ...more
While I found the narrator's rants quite entertaining in the first book, I found them disruptive and distracting at times in this second story.

My kids and I still enjoyed it (we listened to it on CD). It is an interesting world with interesting characters. But while I found some of Alcatraz's philosophizing and ranting interesting, in this book it seemed to interrupt the flow of the narrative too much and too often. Still worth reading and we are now on to number 3 to see what happens, but wish
I just plain love this series.

Sanderson is witty without ever using his humor to be cruel or crude. As with the best children's books, you don't need to be a child to appreciate the cleverness of this story, which is easy to read while including all the rolicking adventure and absurdity of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Massive bonus points to the author for slipping in a wonderful lesson about how to view people with obvious differences-- pretty much a child's introduction to the social
Frost shooting lenses, Fake deaths, Philosophy, Greek myth teachings , Time stopping tombs, Trading your souls for books and soul-searching in prison.
This book is what is already becoming an Alcatraz Classic. Fun, Fast and very easy to read. Of course I believe for Sanderson it's not up to standards but It is after all" targeted for a younger audience," I think!
Jessalyn King
I'm getting over my unease (uncalled for, I know) from the first one. (It's the worry that all the negative talk about books (sarcastically-so) would turn off an already-reluctant reader... who might otherwise enjoy the book. But who knows, maybe they'd relate!).

I still can't 5-star it though. The "author" interjections between the chapters, while amusing, were annoying... (I get that that was the point, and I don't know if they should have been removed or shortened, but I found them annoying.)

When I re-read my review of Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians , I was amazed, because basically, with one or two small changes, the exact review would hold true for this book. Change the literary and other references that are really presented to make adults shoot our beverage of choice out through our noses when we stumble upon them, change the litany of "I'm not a very nice person" to "I always lie" and the formula is there. Yet Sanderson fills in the gaps of the formula in an amusing way. S ...more
This was kind of a fun book, but too goofy in some places. I like Sanderson, and might read others in this series if I get bored.
Sheppard Memorial Library
This is the second Alcatraz book. I liked it even better than the first. Alcatraz has to continue to fight the evil librarians who have manipulated all information to their advantage. This time he encounters them on a ship made of glass (shaped like a dragon) and later inside the underground Library of Alexandria. Brandon Sanderson is a hilarious writer. The book is quick and exciting, full of crazy interruptions by the author (Alcatraz himself) and other funny literary devices. And Alcatraz doe ...more
Birsilah Bakar
Not sure if the 3rd book is going to be worth it :/
Pixie Dust
A great sequel to Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians. I only gave it 4 stars rather than 5, as this time, having already been introduced to the brilliant wackiness of the first book, there was no “wow” factor anymore to this one. But this book is actually as good, if not better, than the first. The plot is tighter, the Talents of the Smedry bunch are more interesting and put to better use, and the threads left loose for subsequent books are more exciting than ever. Looking forward to the third ...more
John Loyd
Alcatraz versus the Scrivener's Bones (2008) 322 pages by Brandon Sanderson.

Sequel to Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians, where we learn that our world is the Hushlands controlled by Librarians who suppress knowledge of silimatic technology, the true geography of the world, etc. Alcatraz Smedrey spent his first 13 years being brought up in foster homes and no knowledge of his real lineage. He never lasted too long in any home because he was always breaking things. Never realizing that this was
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Chris’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
Alcatraz Smedry is back in this second book, running from and foiling evil librarians who secretly rule the Hushlands (world as we know it). With his "talent" to break things and plenty of quirky characters, Alcatraz sets out to explain the truth not taught in the “fantasy” histories taught in school.
It’s been over a year since I read the first installment, Alcatraz Verses the Evil Librarians. After all, as a librarian I didn’t want to continue r
Kennan Bell
Alcatraz and his friends have to go to the lost library of Alexandria. They will be faced with their biggest challenge yet, avoiding traps, a bounty hunter cyborg, and flying librarian demons. The reason they are going to the library is that Alcatraz' father has been seen there. When Alcatraz activates a trap, the demons will try to get Alcatraz to trade his soul for the way out. Alcatraz also meets three new people, two of them with special talents. His uncle has the ability to get lost. For ex ...more
What a fantastic, fun, and fast read. Things moved much faster in this book than in the first in the series (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians), mostly because all of the exposition was out of the way. There was minimal worldbuilding and maximum action. Intricate booby traps, cyborgs, hordes of undead, time travel, mysterious's all in there and it's all true, though that may be slightly mischaracterizing things. And it makes Alcatraz sound more the hero, which he certainly (clai ...more
I thought this one was a little better then the first actually, this one was very cool with lots of action and, of course, humor. :) My favorite starts of some chapters in this book are "I am a fish" and the bunny birthday party! :D
Army of Penguins
While the novelty of the first book somewhat wore off, this book still delivers the same fun mix of characters, magic, humor and adventure that I fell in love with before.

To me, the main selling point of this series is not the creative use of talents that look like curses at first glance, but rather the snarky, extremely unreliable narrator who enjoys lecturing and actively misleading the reader... when he's not busy instructing you to glue over the first paragraphs of a Jane Austen novel with t
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