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

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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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Meghan I'm not sure that I prefer this book because as you said it is really opposite "The Fifth Wave". It is an adventure with a bobble headed boy named…moreI'm not sure that I prefer this book because as you said it is really opposite "The Fifth Wave". It is an adventure with a bobble headed boy named Alfred Kropp who gets mixed up the the descendants of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It kind of reminds me of the Percy Jackson series but with a different mythology.(less)
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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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)


DNF 38%. You all know this person who seems to be made for you. You have the same hobbies, your interest is awoken by the same subjects, you followed the same curses in College, play the same games and read the same books. Hell, maybe you even vote for the same party. The day you meet this person, you're ecstatic. Perhaps this meeting is the end of the relentless matchmaking of some friend of yours. Perhaps you bumped into that person by chance, what do I know?

Anyway, nobody's happier than you
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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
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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
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Elizabeth
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,
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Nelson_h
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

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
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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
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Lisa
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
Wendy
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
Ayesha
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
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Terry
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.
Flannery
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.
Jenelle
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,
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Sadie
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
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
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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 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
Andrea
Jun 15, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, 2013
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
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
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Aryanna
Dec 15, 2015 Aryanna 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.
*SPOILERS*
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!
Carrie
Carrie Ackerson
Adventure

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
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Martha
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.
Lynda
Mar 28, 2016 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp’ by Rick Yancey is an absolute page-turner. If you’ve loved Percy Jackson (Riordan), Alex Rider (Horowitz), Sam Fox (D’Ath), Zac Power (Larry) you’ll love this book. It may even appeal to ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ fans (Flanagan) and anyone who has enjoyed ‘Blart’ (Barker). It gives ancient legends and quests a realistic, modern-day edge, combining spies, thugs, technology, an ancient order of knights, and a sprinkling of supercars. To his extreme bewild ...more
Honya
Take one part Arthurian romance, one part action movie, add one bumbling kid who can’t seem to get anything right, and you might get something vaguely resembling this book. Maybe. Rick Yancey’s ability to mesh story elements that seem impossible to reconcile is what really makes this story shine. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp has the fast-paced thrill of a typical action story, complete with high-speed chases, shoot-outs, and blood splatters. However, what stands out most about th ...more
Ajit Ramamohan
Sep 25, 2015 Ajit Ramamohan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp written by Rick Yancey is a fast-paced, thrilling adventure story, that in my opinion captivates you more and more as you get into the book. This book is a young-adult fiction novel, but is definitely a great choice for anyone looking for a fast paced, intense, adventure story that will draw their interest.

In the book the Alfred Kropp, a boy with an abnormally shaped body, is just trying to get through high school. When his guardian uncle forces him i
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Joshua
May 03, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aelvana
Oct 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ext
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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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