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Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
Cover Artist: Marc Tauss
Review by Beth Slater
Scholastic Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780439925532
Date: 01 November 2008 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

The Evil Librarians are back and Alcatraz Smedry is on the run again. Alcatraz is patiently (kind of) waiting for his grandfather to contact him while sitting in an airport (Why? They aren't staying within the Hushlands!) when he suddenly notices that he's not the only Oculator in the area. Thinking quickly, he dashes into the men's room evading the dual teams of Evil Librarians and the Hushlands Police and Airport Security that they have recruited for their underhanded purposes, and slams both of his palms on the back wall of the restroom, dropping his backpack. Focusing, Alcatraz waits for his power to do its work…

Alcatraz Smedry has written his autobiography under the guise of fiction so as to confound and confuse the Evil Librarians into spreading the truth – as most of the information that they disseminate to the world is untrue and suited to their purposes alone – his autobiography will unmask all of that.

Here the sect of the Scrivener's Bones, one of the six within the Evil Librarians, is trying to kill Alcatraz as he is on his way to his homeland when he finds out that his Grandpa Smedry has tracked down Alcatraz's father, who has been missing, to the Library of Alexandria. Destroyed? Yes, that is what the Evil Librarians want everyone to think so that the knowledge contained within is kept solely for their evil purposes, but we Smedrys know the truth – and we know where it is. Well, we know how to find it, that is. Now, finding Grandpa Smedry once we get there, that's another story. I mean, not really, but kind of – same book!

But the Library of Alexandria can be quite dangerous, because believe me, knowledge is powerful – just ask the Evil Librarians (they'll lie, of course) – and therefore must be protected at all costs. And there is one thing that no one can afford to lose – and that is your soul – so if you check out at the Library of Alexandria – you really check out – for good!

This is the 2nd book in the Alcatraz Smedry series, and I like it. Of course, I'm a librarian so you can't really trust anything I say, but I do regard it as a work of fiction in the Hushlands. As for evil, well, don't believe everything you hear! Really! I truly enjoyed the escapades and travails contained within these covers, autobiographical or fictional, and while I hope never to actually meet Alcatraz in person I look forward to more volumes of his adventures.

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