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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
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Hardcover, 375 pages
Published October 7th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (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…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
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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
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 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
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Elizabeth
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,
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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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Lisa
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.
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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
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Nelson_h
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
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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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Ayesha
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
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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
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Wendy
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
Aiden
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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Sadie
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
Terry
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.
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.
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
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Miles
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
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 ...more
Darci
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
Marcos Ibáñez Gordillo
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Un truño, acabo de verlo y recordar que lo leí por buscar el de metro 2033. Para cuando leas esto ya lo tendrás en tu poder, abián ;)
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 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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Krysta Aryel
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Ji Mei
The first time I read this book was in seventh grade and I rated it two stars, I think. Anyways, my view has changed considerably from back then. I think my younger self didn't like the minimal amount of cursing (which since then, I've definitely have come to terms that the cursing in this is a pansy compared to other books). Now, as I read this again, things have clicked better with me. The narration is simple, yet interesting, fully capturing Alfred's humor and yet simple view on things. The m ...more
Tyler Greene
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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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“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
“There's a hero in every heart waiting for the dragon to come out.” 13 likes
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