If you could accurately judge a book by its cover, this book is not it. I saw the cover with a raptor on it and immediately dreaded reading. For those kids that have an imagination, it might make them very excited. For me, it didn't. Anyways...
Cover found here
Here is the info:
Published Oct. 1, 2007
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Young Adult
Alcatraz Smedry is always breaking things, in reality it’s a talent… according to Alcatraz and the rest of the "Free Kingdomers." It all begins when he turns 13. For his birthday he receives a bag of sand. The librarians are the enemy. The same librarians steal his bag of sand, which is not a normal bag of sand. Alcatraz is not an average foster child. He has been passed around because he always ends up ruining something precious to his foster families. In the book, Alcatraz is reunited with family—his grandfather, who teaches him that breaking things is a talent. It is from his grandpa that he learns that the librarians are trying to conquer the “Free Kingdomers.” It is in this book that Alcatraz fights to keep this from happening.
The Smedrys all have different “talents.” Grandpa has the power to arrive late to appointments. Sing has the talent of falling. Quentin has the talent of speaking nonsense. All Smedry’s have special unexplained talents. This idea is great for getting kids to see that even their “downfalls” are part of what makes them special.
This book was hilarious. I strongly recommend it for young adult boys. There will be a total of five books in the series. Sanderson has released three so far, and has announced a fourth to be released in 2012.
Recommended Age: 10-14
Rating: **** If you are interested you can buy it here