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Alcatraz Smedry is sitting in an airport waiting for his grandfather to come get him. After 3 months on the run in the Hushlands, they are finally on their way to safety away from the librarians who are hunting them. But Grandpa is late again.

When Alcatraz is picked up, he learns that Grandpa has followed the trail of Alcatraz's long missing father to the library of Alexandria, so Alcatraz and his new cohorts follow as well. Will they be able to infiltrate this extremely hostile environment? And can they avoid checking out a book considering the cost?

When I read the first book, I was thrilled with the wild, imaginative ride and the absolutely hilarious first person narration. I wasn't disappointed here. We meet some new Smedries with new Smedry talents and even learn a bit more about the talents in general. The action is fast and furious. And the commentary from Alcatraz, complete with asides and random breaks in the action, had me laughing out loud once again.

Just don't start here or Alcatraz will rake you over the coals.

This is a fun book that kids will love and the young at heart will continue to enjoy. I can't wait to get my hands on the next in the series.
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on 14 November 2013
This second volume in the adventures of Alcatraz Smedry continues in much the same vein as the first. The author maintains the pretence that he is no more than a pseudonym and that Alcatraz himself is the true author. This continues to make for some very intriguing and enjoyable text, with many asides and digressions that are often more interesting than the main storyline. It still manages to keep the aura of being a little bit different even though we've seen it all before in 'The Evil Librarians'.

In many ways 'The Scrivener's Bones' is quite similar to its predecessor. Alcatraz meets family members he never knew existed, embarks upon a quest to infiltrate a library and faces a powerful Dark Occulator. Like many sequels this is expanded upon and the threat escalated. This time Alcatraz and his friends venture into the ancient library of Alexandria and encounter ghostly, undead librarian guardians.

It is a worthwhile sequel and highly entertaining, but it is a bit more of the same. Although it does advance the story on it doesn't by a great deal. It shows good promise still for the further books in the series.
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on 28 October 2012
The second adventure for Alcatraz Smedry in his was against evil librarians sees the teenager take a trip to the Library of Alexandria, in an attempt to rescue his father and grandfather.

It continues in much the same style as the first book in the series - with Alcatraz narrating in an irreverent manner with large numbers of seemingly random asides and interruptions. As different as this is, I did find it start to become a little annoying this time round, but that might be because I read it so soon after the first book.

It's light, entertaining, and contains a number of clever ideas and twists, but ultimately the plot is too similar to that of the previous book, and it doesn't really add enough that's different. I felt a bit let down.
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