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Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones

(Alcatraz #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  9,276 Ratings  ·  824 Reviews
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 Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking thing ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Brian Jones It's all about what you listened to first. I listened to almost the whole first book (Alcatraz vs The Evil Librarians) with the new reader before my…moreIt's all about what you listened to first. I listened to almost the whole first book (Alcatraz vs The Evil Librarians) with the new reader before my library loan ran out. When I checked it out again I accidentally got the first reader, and I didn't last 5 minutes before I set it aside and waited for the other copy to be available. The second reader (Ramon) is so good at emphasizing how I envision Alcatraz's writings it had me smiling all day long.(less)

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Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the young at heart at BBB!

...The biggest problem is, the adults have one of the most effective recruitment strategies in the world.
Give them enough time, and they'll turn any kid into one of them....

What can I say? How does one review a book full of hilarity and speaks to the most childlike parts of your heart? I am way too aware of my personal limits to know, that I could do this book no favors with attempts at a review. All i am going to say is, Brandon Sanderso
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
People that read the first book of the series know that our world is in the clutches of the Evil Librarians. They control the flow of information and he who controls the spice information controls the universe. Exactly like the news outlets do. If this is not the proof that the Evil Librarians are real I do not know what is.

Last time the main hero Alcatraz had to infiltrate their stronghold: a downtown library. This time stakes are much higher than that. Can you think of a biggest baddest place
Helen 2.0
You could be a young boy, wanting to read an adventure story. You could be a young girl, investigating the truth of the Librarian Conspiracy. You could be a serial killer who specializes in reading books, then seeking out the authors and murdering them in horrible ways.

(If you happen to fall into that last category, you should know that my name isn't really Alcatraz Smedry, nor is it Brandon Sanderson. My name is really Garth Nix, and you can find me in Australia. Oh, and I insulted your mother
Robin (Bridge Four)
On sale Sept 7 2016 on Amazon for $2.99

Reading with all my other Sandersontitus friends at Buddies Books & Baubles

Yes this series is Middle Grade and sort of ridiculous but it is awesome. It is like Sanderson’s way to blow off steam, try things that he can’t put into one of his Adult Fantasy’s and stretch that uber creative mind of his.

For Instance:

• All the Smedry’s are named before/after prisons. Hence names like Alcatraz, Lebanon, Attica, Sing and Australia (think about it).

• Every superp
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers in need of awesomeness.
Once upon a time, there was this guy called Barney Stinson and he read a Brandon Sanderson book and when he was done he was so awestruck that he invented a new word and that word was LEGENDARY.

True story.

PS: If you don't believe how awesome this book is, please see the following fact as stated verbatim in this book:

A lot of nature’s laws, however, are hard-set.
There are many more of these than you might expect. In fact, there are even natural laws relating to this book, my favorite of which is
TS Chan
Aug 2016: Reread with BB&B for the release of The Dark Talent

I think I don't have to keep saying how high my regard is for Brandon Sanderson is anymore. These middle grade books are quite game-changing. The fourth-wall breaking alone was not the reason - it was the approach and how Sanderson made tongue-in-cheek jabs at the writing profession in Alcatraz's voice as the narrator of his own book.

--> Adults are not idiots. Often, in books such as this one, the opposite impression is given. A
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Silly fun.

There really isn't a lot to say about this book. The story is entertaining. The characters are fun but don't really have any depth. Not really sure they are meant to. I think I would have given it four stars if not for how distracting the author's narration became after a while. I know it's meant to be funny but it really distracts from the pacing of the story after a while. I don't know maybe I'm trying to take the book too seriously or something.

I still enjoyed it enough that I'll

Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

No sooner had I finished Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians than I was already picking up the sequel. I might as well admit it: I’m completely addicted.

In book two The Scrivener’s Bones, Alcatraz and the gang are yet again infiltrating a library. But this time, it will be nothing like gaining entry into the downtown local branch. Here, our characters will be heading into arguably the most famous and well-known library in the
Kells Next Read
No suprise on my rating here..It's Brandon Sanderson Duh!!!

This was even better than the first so I'm briskly moving unto Alcatraz versus the Knights of Crystallia

Okay I've started reading it already ( like about an hour ago) but was so caught up in it's awesomeness that I forgot to update my GR page.

Read this series people, it's down right hilarious, wonderful and entertaining.
La serie de Alcatraz es la saga middle-grade de Sanderson en la que de forma autobiográfica un mayor Alcatraz nos narra la historia de su vida con el objetivo de hacernos ver que todo lo que conocemos es mentira. En esta segunda entrega Alcatraz viajará hasta la antigua y misteriosa Biblioteca de Alejandría en búsqueda del abuelo Smedry, embarcándose en una misión trepidante llena de temibles Bibliotecarios y miles de estanterías en las que perderse.

Al igual que en el primer volumen nos encontra
Marta Álvarez
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sé si me ha gustado más o menos que el primero.

1-Se da a conocer el mundo fantástico de la saga, que en la primera entrega apenas aparece.
2-El protagonista es un pelín más maduro, y el foreshadowing que hace sobre su evolución en futuras entregas es algo más inquietante.
3-La trama está mejor llevada, y tiene unos cuantos plot twists hacia el final. Muy Sanderson.
4-Las intervenciones del narrador me han parecido incluso más interesantes que en el primer libro.
5-Los trucos narrativ
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

My rating is a solid 3.5 stars.

After thoroughly enjoying our first adventure with Alcatraz, my youngest son and I quickly began the sequel; both of us having become fans of this quirky, fun series.

In The Scrivener’s Bones, our hero and friends find themselves with a new mission: infiltrating another library. (Well, if one is fighting evil librarians, they are usual found in libraries, right?) But this time they are heading to the most famous one (arguably) in t
Marnie  Krüger
The Epic Adventure continues with flare!

The new Gang

First Sentence: So, there I was, slumped in my chair, waiting in a drab airport terminal, munching absently on a bag of stale potato chips.

In all honesty I enjoyed Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians more than this one. I'm not saying this one was bad, but it keeps to the trend set in the first book. With the first book it was new and enchanting - with the second book it became a bit expectant, and that takes some of the magic out of it.

The magic system is
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.
Kristal Kitap
Bir Brandon daha bitti. Hüzünlüyüm.☹ ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I just love this series!!!

Oh, you didn't want to hear that? I'm sorry. You'll just have to forget that I wrote it. There are several convenient ways to do that. I hear hitting yourself on the head with a blunt object can be very effective. You should try using one of Brandon Sanderson's fantasy novels. They're big enough and goodness knows, that's really the only useful thing to do with them.

LOL - DON'T SHOOT ME!! I didn't say that! Brandon did! Or more exactly Alcatraz Smedry

This is nothing l
Alba Turunen
4'5 Estrellas y muy bien merecidas. El primer libro ya me gustó y sorprendió mucho, y en éste segundo, aún sabiendo y conociendo el mundo de Alcatraz, me ha seguido encantando y sorprendiendo a partes iguales.

Éste segundo libro se desarrolla fuera de las Tierras Silenciadas, los nuevos amigos de Alcatraz le rescatan para llevarle a Nalhalla, su país natal, pero no llegarán allí. El abuelo Smedry ha desaparecido, buscando a su hijo Attica, padre de Alcatraz en la legendaria Biblioteca de Alejandr
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I love this series.
Juan Vorágine
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todavía sigo asimilando la peculiaridad de este mundo, donde unas gafas pueden ser un instrumento mortal o los bibliotecarios son los malvados. También destacan los protagonistas, entre los que destacan Alcatraz, que siempre va muy a su bola y es algo torpe, y Bastille, que tendrá que sacar las castañas del fuego a sus compañeros de pandilla en más de una ocasión. Una vez más, la prosa de Sanderson marca la diferencia y está tan brillante como siempre.

Reseña completa:
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En esta segunda entrega de la saga Alcatraz de Brandon Sanderson seguimos las aventuras de Alcatraz, Bastille y compañía en este mundo tan curioso que ha creado el autor. Seguimos conociendo detalles de los Reinos libres y la opresión en las Tierras Silenciadas, los poderes oculantistas, los talentos Smedry o los Crístines todo ello a través de una nueva aventura, así que cada vez vamos teniendo más información y se hace más interesante, porque para ser una saga middle-grade está resultando ser ...more
Me ha gustado tanto como la primera entrega y tiene los mismos ingredientes sin aburrir (también es verdad que han pasado bastantes meses entre una lectura y otra). De nuevo, lo que más me gusta de este libro es el meta que mete (no puns intended) Sanderson en la historia.
Alcatraz ngeselin nyebelin ngangenin pengen jitak ish sebel wkwkw. Udahmah nipu, ngejailin pembaca, ngasih spoiler lagi, ish, Alcatrazz!!!!!!!!

Argh, aku jadi kangen mistborn pas baca ini, ada sedikit teori soal kekuatan yang bikin aku kangen sama keunikan dan keepikan mistborn bahkan sama white sand, aku penasaran kenapa ini ga dimasukin ke the cosmere universe meskipun planetnya di Bumi dan di luar orbit the cosmere (atau apalah namanya kalo galaksi, tata surya, planet di luar angkasa beda lok
Angel's books
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
İlk kitaba göre çok daha fazla eğlendim. Yazar resmen biz okurlarla alay etmiş :D
Özellikle 9. bölümün girişi ve son 2 sayfa beni benden aldı :D

Yüzümde kocaman bir tebessümle 3. kitaba atlıyorum müsaadenizle :D
Boo ljk
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buku kedua berlanjut dengan petualangan Al, Bast, Draulin, Kaz, dan Australia 'berkunjung' ke salah satu perpustakaan paling angker sedunia. Alexandria. Iya, angker yang seperti yang kalian kira. Banyak tengkorak bergentayangan! Sekali kalian memasuki perpustakaan tersebut, agak susah kiranya tidak memberikan jiwa kalian secara suka rela pada mereka.

Mari kita fokuskan ke pahlawan menjengkelkan kita, Alcatraz Smedryヽ(ー`)┌ Buku keduanya masih menonjolkan kekonyolan abadi😂 Walau tidak separah buku
Jefi Sevilay
Her ne kadar ilk kitaba göre daha sürükleyici gelse de bu da olmadı. Olmadıysa olmaz zaten bu saatten sonra :) En fazla hoşuma giden kısımlar "Brandon Sanderson" olarak kendine giydirdiği kısımlar oldu. Sonunda da güzel bir espriyle bitirdi. (Bu da sanırım en kısa kitap yorumum olarak tarihe geçti)

Bundan sonraki kitap Kralın Dönüşü. Onunla biraz kendime gelirim artık.

Herkese keyifli okumalar!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2018, ya
4 stars

The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson is a hilariously fun book, perfect for middle grade.

It is hilarious, smart and just brilliant!
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Gelungene Fortsetzung mit interessanten neuen Charakteren und Talenten. Dazu eine unterirdische verwunschene Bibliothek, bei der man seine Seele verliert, wenn man ein Buch ausleiht. Der etwas düstere Ton wird durch die Unterbrechungen vom Autor wieder wunderbar aufgelockert, auch wenn er es mit den Albernheiten hier manchmal etwas übertreibt :)
Und jetzt kommt die schwierige Suche nach dem deutschen Teil 3.. der vermutlich auch in der Bibliothek verschwunden ist. Ob ich meine Seele dafür hergebe
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