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New Book Wednesday – Evil Librarians and Beyond

Today I’m focusing on the author Brandon Sanderson. I first became a fan years ago when I read Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, which many of you know I consider a how-to guide for librarianship.

Mr. Wesler was intrigued when I spoke about Sanderson once because he knows him as the author who took over Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after Jordan passed away.

In other words, Brandon Sanderson is prolific and has an incredible breadth of writing styles. And three of his books are new to our library.


First, let’s talk Alcatraz. We’ve got the final installment in the story of the kid who has a gift of breaking things, Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens.

Then there’s The Rithmatist. This is the first in a steampunk series. Rithmatists have the power to bring two-dimensional drawings to life. These creatures are known as Chalklings and the Rithmatists are the only ones who can defend the American Isles against Wild Chalkings. There is, of course, a young boy who admires the Rithmatists and becomes the only hope when they start disappearing. One of the Goodreads reviews said, “Brandon Sanderson just made chalk figures scary.”

Finally, the first in another series, Mistborn (also titled The Final Empire). I haven’t read this one yet, so I’m just going to quote the publisher’s blurb because they make it sound really cool, “In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?” Sounds intriguing.

I have a feeling I’m going to be spending some quality time with Mr. Sanderson this summer.


Classic Book Friday – Nefarious Librarian Edition

alcatrazThey say a worn cover is the sign of a well-loved book. So it should be obvious that this book has been popular among Hill Top students. And it’s one of my all-time favorites.

Alcatraz has been in 27 foster homes. He gets moved around a lot because he’s always breaking things. On his 13th birthday, he receives a back of sand in the mail. Shortly after, Alcatraz’s grandfather shows up to let Alcatraz know that he is part of a long line of people fighting against the evil librarians, who are trying to take over the world by spreading misinformation (for example, dinosaurs still exist and they can talk). Alcatraz has to team up with his grandfather and other new-found relatives to defeat the librarians and protect his bag of sand.

I first found out about this book from a comic strip.

Brandon Sanderson, for those of you who enjoy fantasy, completed Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Cycle after Jordan passed away. So, when it comes to fantasy, he’s up there. Oh, and he’s also going to be at Children’s Book World on January 27th! Can you guess who will be geeking out that night?