The Scrivener's Bones
The Scrivener's Bones
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Annotation: Racing after his grandfather who was swept away by the flying glass dragon, Alcatraz reunites with him in a far off land, beginning a new mission to locate the Library of Alexandria in order to research ancient clues in the hope of discovering the whereabouts of his missing father.
Catalog Number: #110669
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Lazo, Hayley,
Pages: 367 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7653-7896-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-7653-7896-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2007039985
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Alcatraz (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) tracks his missing grandfather to the Library of Alexandria. In addition to his magic Talent (breaking things), he has his uncle and cousin on his side. Against them stand the Scrivener's Bones, an extra-evil librarian sect. Sanderson balances absurdity, action, and character growth, also going to town with narrative games and accessible metafictive whimsy.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>Searching for his grandfather, Oculator Alcatraz Smedry follows him to Egypt and into the Library of Alexandria. There he battles soul-stealing Curators and a librarian of the Scrivener's Bones, part man, part machine and a user of Dark Oculary. In this second of a series presented as a memoir, Alcatraz experiments with leadership and learns a little more about his own Breaker Talent, including the possibility that it may be dangerous. One of the good guys, perhaps, in a world controlled by Evil Librarians, Alcatraz is also smirkily self-conscious, an annoying narrator who interrupts himself with irrelevancies, apologies and instructions to the reader. They should have started with the first volume, he warns, and, in fact, those who didn't may find the setting confusing and the cast hard to keep straight. The animation-style action seems more appropriate to a big screen than a reader's imagination, and veers from implausible to impossible and random. Trying too hard to be strange, the effect is not fun but forced. (Fantasy. 10-14)</p>
School Library Journal
Gr 59 Alcatraz Smedry is back, and the action is just as nonstop, the librarians are just as evil, and the quips and asides (and outright lies) that the author insists on inflicting upon readers are just as omnipresent. Fortunately for the fans of Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Scholastic, 2007), these are all good things. On the run from a Scrivener's Bone, a half-human, half-machine assassin that has been sent to retrieve the Translator's Lenses that Alcatraz stole in the first book, the boy receives word that his father is in mortal danger in the Library of Alexandria. He and a crew of quirky relatives with odd but very useful Talents mount a daring and completely ludicrous rescue. Though some readers may find the author's non sequiturs and frequent interruptions in the narrative off-putting, those who enjoy their fantasy with a healthy dose of slapstick humor will be delighted. Give this novel to fans of Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" (Hyperion/Miramax) and Catherine Jinks's Cadel Piggott in Evil Genius (Harcourt, 2007). They will appreciate Sanderson's cheerful sarcastic wit and none-too-subtle digs at librarians. Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Voice of Youth Advocates
The second Alcatraz Smedry adventure bursts open with Alcatraz in the "most danger I'd ever been in my entire life." After three months on the run from evil librarians, Alcatraz and his grandfather are about to make their way to the Free Kingdoms, where Alcatraz hopes to live a normal (and peril-free) life. Nothing ever goes as planned for a Smedry, though, and Grandpa Smedry has gone missing while Alcatraz ends up chased by a Scrivener's Bone, a creature of both flesh and machine who can neutralize the magic of Lenses. Rescued by Bastille, an ex-Crystallian Knight and Alcatraz's sometimes friend; his cousins Kaz and Austriala; and Bastille's warrior mother, Alcatraz goes off in search of the Library of Alexandria, where it seems not only is Grandpa Smedry hiding, but Alcatraz's own mysterious father has been spotted as well. Sanderson's second middle grade fantasy is every bit as clever, fast-paced, and original as Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Scholastic, 2007/VOYA October 2007). The bizarreness is ratcheted up a notch, however. One chapter opens with Alcatraz declaring himself a fish. It is blatant misdirection, as Alcatraz himself admits, as well as a sterling example of the author's razor sharp wit, but precocious devices like that-text written upside down and false endings-could send this novel over the heads of many of its intended readers. Howlingly funny for adults, older teens who can be persuaded to read a "juvenile" novel, and exceptionally bright middle schoolers, this example of Sanderson's own brilliance may actually work against him this time around.-Arlene Allen.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 59,681
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 126447 / grade: Middle Grades

The Scrivener's Bones is the second action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. These fast-paced and funny novels are now available in deluxe hardcover editions illustrated by Hayley Lazo. In his second skirmish against the Evil Librarians who rule the world, Alcatraz and his ragtag crew of freedom fighters track Grandpa Smedry to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria. Hushlanders--people who live in the Librarian-controlled lands of Canada, Europe, and the Americas--believe the Library was destroyed long ago. Free Kingdomers know the truth: the Library of Alexandria is still around, and it's one of the most dangerous places on the planet. For it is the home of the scariest Librarians of them all: a secret sect of soul-stealing Scriveners. Can Alcatraz and his friends rescue Grandpa Smedry and make it out of there alive? "In this original, hysterical homage to fantasy literature, Sanderson's first novel for youth recalls the best in Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events ." -- VOYA

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