Brandon Sanderson spoke at the very first Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference I went to. He shared with us the opening line for his first children's book:
"So, there I was, tied to an altar made from out-dated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians."
Brandon, you had me at the first line.
I bought "Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians" almost immediately and fell in love with the wit, the talent, the sarcasm, and the craziness behind it. It's a series that my whole family has read (or listened to) and loved. We've never grown tired of it and every time we read it, we find ourselves laughing again.
What I love about Alcatraz (and the entire Smedry family) is that they have truly remarkable talents: breaking things, arriving late, being bad at math, getting lost, etc. Though ordinary they appear, the talents save their lives (and the world) multiple times. The stories are zany and hilarious. If you like sarcasm, you'll like Brandon's storytelling style.
#1- Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians
#2- Alcatraz versus the Scriverner's Bones
#3- Alcatraz versus the Knights of Crystallia
#4- Alcatraz versus the Shattered Lens
#5-- There MUST be a number Five! Must!
Brandon Sanderson's Website
Amazon's Page for Alcatraz