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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

(Alfred Kropp #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,158 ratings  ·  630 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
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mkittysamom 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 a…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 ✘

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
Vanessa 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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
Great fun and surprisingly moving.
Dec 30, 2015 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
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
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,
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jason Farley
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This was the literary equivalent of a footlong corndog at the fair. Delicious and greasy and the exactly what you want in certain settings.
Fast cars, swords and knights, quickly written adventure story.

Update: OK, I reread this to my next son, and I think it is actually even better that that. It is like a footlong german sausage corndog. Because on the reread, There is actually some great substance as well. The fast pace and fun seems to have surprised me and disguised it the first time through.
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.
Chris Gager
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have NOT read this already, despite what it says. A work friend loaned me this. Fun so far ...

Finished last night and wound up being less "thrilled" about the experience than I'd hoped to be. The whole thing turned out to be a bit too Y-A bare-bones for me. The author's name was ringing a little bell in my memory and I remembered last night who he is(to me). And that is the author of a pretty crappy Y/A(this is also Y/A) book titled "The Fifth Wave," which I tried to read a while back. This bo
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 17, 2014 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
Ariel Acupan
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Gerardo Delgadillo
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars

Lights, camera, action!

Tons of action. And adventure.

Action/Adventure defines THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP. This YA contemporary fantasy book is so much fun! A tall-n-bulky, clueless fifteen-year-old inadvertently gets involved with a sword. And although he doesn’t know how to use it, he gets involved in crazy sword-fights against evil men who are chasing him.

Great fast-paced novel, with heart and a message, and even humor. In summary, my kind of novel.

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Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey. When an oversized and underachieving high-school student that's just trying to survive his highschool years takes on a job that would change his life for the better or for the worst? One of the reasons why I liked this book is because it was in first person as the world was revolving around " Alfred Kropp". I could really understand him as a character, because both me and Alfred experience pressure from our family members to achieve more t ...more
Kirsten Simkiss
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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There are two reasons why I read through a book really quickly. Reason number one: I'm absolutely in love with the book and can't put it down. Reason number two: I can't stand the book and I'm reading it just to finish it faster.

This was, unfortunately, firmly in the category of reason number two. This book was far from good. I can't think of anything I felt the book did well aside from describing how an underaged driver was driving an expensive sports car at 120 mph and food. The characters wer
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
" Who can say what valor dwells in the soul unless the test comes-? A hero lives in every heart, Alfred, waiting for the dragon to come out"

This is my first read from the author and it was fantastic. It was light, fun, fast-paced and one hell of an action- packed novel. It was about the extraordinay adventures of an average adorkable oddball named Alfred Kropp who thinks he's the most unluckiest teen alive because all those people around him die and leave him alone, other kids usually made fun o
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When my book club chose this novel, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I am guilty of judging a book by its cover. Even the blurb on the back didn't excite me. Oh my goodness! I loved this book! Once I started reading it, I was hooked. It was hard to put down. Rick Yancey does a wonderful job being the voice of Alfred Kropp, an awkward, big-boned teen. I can't explain how he does it but I really fell in love with this young man. He's charming in a totally accidental way. Perhaps what r ...more
Engell Apostol
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book "The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp" by Rick Yancey is about a young boy named Alfred,who would be the least expected person to save the entire world>Alfred gets tricked into stealing one of the most powerful items in the world and has to travel across the world in order to save and get this magical sword know as Excalibur. Alfred,the last heir to the throne,must work with the descendant of the knights of the round table to defeat the evil villain Mogart.I rate this book,4 out ...more
May 24, 2018 added it
Rick Yancey tells a very intriguing story in The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Through the seemingly never ending precarious events that Alfred is put through, this story leaves you continuously wanting more and makes you excited for the next chance you get to read it. The views expressed by Alfred Kropp can show a side of society that is less known, as he is an orphaned child with learning problems it is a good example of the struggles that people in his situation experience. These ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: My Nephew
My only complaint about this book is its gross misunderstanding of how the foster care system works. But then again, since the story is told in the first person by a teenage boy, you can give the author the benefit of the doubt, and attribute any false information to an unreliable narrator. All in all it's a good adventure story. I like the juxtaposition of adult figures acting like something from a Bond movie, while the hero of our story is constantly bringing us back to something approaching r ...more
WOW... and here I was expecting a mediocre middle grade story. O_O This book is amazing.
Ashley Kosik
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick read but I was pleasantly surprised by the plot. Loved the relatable main character and my five star rating is mostly due to the ending ;)
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aka Richard Yancey

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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