The Scrivener’s Bones
Middle Grade / Juvenile / August 31, 2016

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians #2. Author: Brandon Sanderson. Summary: 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? (Published summary.) My Thoughts: If anything, more engrossing than the first. Not only is the narrator in top form, an irrepressible, exasperating, hilarious presence in the story, but the writing-balance is so good I’m actually getting sucked into the ridiculous plot. (Also, Sanderson has finally admitted the truth: It’s a law of nature that all books he writes are awesome.) Content Review: Sexual content: None Language: None Violence: One aerial fight, in which a plane is shot down. All occupants survive, but there is…