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

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,787 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur—the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his ...more
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Published January 10th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
A.L. Garner
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,
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
Ariel Acupan
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
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
Kat Heckenbach
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
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
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.
Cinthia Palomino

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
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
Tyler Greene
Apr 29, 2010 Tyler Greene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Krysta Aryel
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
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
You’re probably already familiar with Rick Yancey’s other works, the Fifth Wave series. But before he wrote that glorious yet highly depressing series, Yancey was decidedly not famous for writing the Alfred Kropp series, novels about a teen misfit who ends up saving the world. He received some recognition, but was mostly relegated to obscurity. Then he had his meteoric rise which still astonishes me to this day. But The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp are as extraordinary as their name ...more
Alfred Kropp is big and not too bright, but even he has second thoughts when his uncle presents him with a plan to steal a sword in exchange for a million dollars. Although he manages to get the sword, Alfred realizes too late he's just handed an extraordinary weapon into the hands of evil. With his uncle dead and his life in shambles, Alfred starts after the sword in the hope that he can somehow correct his mistake. But the mistakes keep piling up, and so do the bodies. In the end, even Alfred' ...more
Maria Jernigan
" This story by Rick Yancey looks into the life of young teenage boy named Alfred Kropp. Alfred has had some unfortunate events occur such as the loss of his mother to cancer and his father leaving them. Alfred is faced with an opportunity to make some money by stealing a sword with his uncle. Alfred will later find out that they were lied to and used and his Uncle will be killed leaving him no one left. The story is how he plans to continue life with such hardships and how he will avenge the lo ...more
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Chris's Rating: 4 Stars
Untalented, over-sized, orphaned, Alfred Kropp doesn’t have any grand aspirations for his life and is perfectly content with lounging in his room day after day listening to music. His uncle, however, is not content with his nephew being simply average; and when the opportunity arrives for them to make a large chunk of cash, Alfred’s concerns about the ethics of the “job” are finally overcome with threats of being thrown back into the foster car
Alright, so I definitely had a hard time with this book. I mean, who could like someone like Alfred Kropp? He's uncoordinated, not smart, not particularly gifted and just altogether not very likable. Oversized and undersmart and stuck with an uncle who doesn't particularly care for him all that much.

Alfred, after making many mistakes, is thrust into an even worse position after accidentally stealing the sword Excalibur with his uncle for an "Agent of Darkness". A bumbling fool, he manages to es
Marcos Perez
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.
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.
In my ever persistent goal to read more "boy books," this one found itself on my shelf after a student claimed it as one of his personal favorites. I can see why he lauded Alfred Kropp. I had difficulty putting the book down, and was "late" to school (instead of getting there at 6:30, I didn't arrive until 7:00) so that I might "read just another chapter." Page turner it is. Expected and unexpected surprises lie in wait for the reader. You can't help but love Alfred as each disaster befalls him ...more
I realized that some of the things I didn't like about Alfred were part of the plot, but they still got on my nerves as I was reading. Also, once the identity of his father was made clear, some of the story fell apart for me. Too much of the "let's make this guy the possible savior of the world, but not prepare or train him" syndrome. The only part which really impressed me was the showdown between Alfred and the Big Bad near the end. That was well-written and interesting, and not at all what I ...more
Te-nye Sy.
In this book by Rick Yancey it talks about a boy name Alfred Kropp who started his life without any parents and was put into foster care when his was young. Then later on in life his uncle took Alfred into his home. Growing up in Alfred's life was very hard for him. He was made fun of how big he looked at school,he wasn't that smart,and really wasn't very respected. One day though his life changed forever when his is expected to steal the King Author sword from someone who "stole" it from King A ...more
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp wasn't exactly extraordinary, but it was a good book nonetheless. Overall the book had a nice flow and the plot was never boring. There were a few things that were a tad bit annoying such as (view spoiler) But those instances were easy to ignore. I love how the protagonist is not your average hero. In ...more
The story of King Arthur and his great sword has always been a fantastic tale. Rick Yancey's book, Alfred Kropp, has taken this story and brought it to the modern day and then some. Many people know about King Arthur, and Excalibur, from the stories told about the days of the knights of the round table. Nobody, however, knows about its current whereabouts or the legacy left by King Arthur himself. That is until our hero, Alfred Kropp, learns of a past that will define him as a boy, who is turnin ...more
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.
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.
One thing you can say about Alfred Kropp: he is not ordinary. He is a big guy - not exactly fat, just big. He has a large head. He is seemingly of average intelligence. He is an orphan. He is not someone who anyone would ever expect to be a hero. And yet, when Alfred finds himself chased by bad guys who want to take over the world, Alfred will have to dig deep and find his inner hero in order to save us all.

As a high school English teacher, I can totally see teen guys liking this book. Alfred i
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Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

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“There's a hero in every heart waiting for the dragon to come out.” 13 likes
“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.” 12 likes
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