Monday, May 11, 2009
Alcatraz VS the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
I just finished reading Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson which is about a boy named Alcatraz who received a bag of sand for his 13th birthday. I know what you are thinking...best present ever right? To the evil librarians who rule the Husland, they could take over the world with this bag of sand. With the help of his long-lost grandfather, Alcatraz must retreieve the bag of sand before it's too late. I loved the style of this book. The author actually directly addresses the reader throughout the story to provide humor and play with writing techniques. It helps develop an attachment to Alcatraz by learning along with him about the Huslands. This book has an array of memorable characters too. I enjoyed the stereotypes of the shushing bun in hair librarian and the romance paperback monsters. The themes of the "power of information" still ring true in today's headlines. Do we give too much information away? Is information censored? What about what's in the news?