7) Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson (YA)
This one is geared, I think, toward the 9-12 crowd, though YAs will appreciate it… oh, and anyone else who likes witty, fun, entertaining books by authors who don’t take themselves too seriously. A blurb on the back of the book called it ‘a cross between Lemony Snicket’s series and Artemis Fowl’, but I’d hesitate to give it a comparison – I think it stands on its own!
It was very funny, absolutely ridiculous, and kept me reading from the first page to the last. And I was THRILLED to come to the end and find out there’s a sequel in the works. I thought I liked Sanderson’s adult fantasy – but I think he has a real gift in writing for the younger crowd. I’d recommend this to younger male readers looking for something to try (or older males… my husband read the description on the back and has added it to his TBR pile!). Really, my words here can’t do it justice. Go read it instead.
Rating: 4.5 coffees out of 5