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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
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Mar 05, 12


This book takes a twist and turn on what is fantasy and what is really non-fiction. The book is written under the pen name of Brandon Sanderson, but is actually written by Alcatraz Smedry, a young 13-year-old who is an orphan that jumps from one foster family to another due to having a not-so-pleasant talent of breaking things. The story is told from Alcatraz’s point of view and throughout the book, he keeps insisting that, although his journey might seem unbelievable and totally fantasy, all of it is true, from talking dinosaurs to cars that drive themselves, by explaining that this book is hidden in the fantasy section of the library so the evil librarians won’t destroy it. Learning that from the story made this book fun and wacky, and had me constantly picturing all the story events happening in my own library. Because of this aspect, I think this book would be great for people who don’t like to drift too far from reality, but are still looking for that fantasy/imaginative book.
The theme of this book takes a look at what it means to be a hero. Alcatraz keeps mentioning how he isn’t really a hero, but a bad person who is constantly breaking things. However, he learns to care, to accept himself, to let others accept him, and to learn how to use his capability to break things in good ways rather than bad, which is inspirational to the readers. One thing to pay attention to is the use of weapons and fighting in this book. Since the book keeps stating that the events actually happened and that librarians are evil and trying to take over the world, I’d recommend this book to an older audience who wouldn’t actually try to fight real-life librarians.
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