Saturday, November 13, 2010

Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson - ADVISABLE

Sanderson, Brandon. Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens, 304 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2010. $17.99.

Mature Content-G; Language-G; Violence-PG

The fourth volume of Alcatraz Smedry’s biography is missing chapter one with all the background information for new readers, so it is recommended to read this series in order. There are several chapters missing in the book, which is a part of an authorial conceit which adds to the humor and zany feel of the book. In Chapter 2, the reader learns that Alcatraz’s friend Bastille is concerned about the country of Mokia which is about to be defeated by the librarians. The knights of Crystallia will not defend it unless there is an heir to the kingdom or a Smedry there. All Smedrys have a special talent; such as being late or getting lost. So Alcatraz, Bastille, his uncle Kaz, and a cousin fly to Mokia to ensure the knights follow. Librarians with giant robots are attacking the city and Mokia is about to fall. Since Alcatraz is a Smedry, he is made king and launches a defense of the city using his special Smedry talent—breaking things.

An off-the-wall, humorous series that is sure to appeal to boys and fantasy fans.

EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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