Alcatraz Smedry has a problem. Well, he has lots of problems, actually, but his biggest one seems to be breaking everything he touches. He’s been that way his entire life, bouncing from one foster home to another, “cared for” by his slightly snide case worker, Ms. Fletcher. On his thirteenth birthday, Alcatraz receives a gift in the mail from his parents.
Wait a minute. If Alcatraz has parents, why is he living in a foster home?
That question and many others are answered in this wonderful “fantasy” book by Brandon Sanderson. From breaking things to arriving late to tripping on nothing at all, many talents are used to thwart the evil librarians in their quest to take over the world and subdue the Free Kingdoms.
And not only that: Alcatraz finds his family.
Well, parts of it, anyway.
Publishers Weekly said this book is “like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one . . .” A very winning combination indeed.
Highly recommended (along with its sequel, Alcatraz and the Scrivener’s Bones) for ages eight and up.