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The Dark Talent

(2018)
(The fifth book in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series)
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series comes to an electrifying conclusion…

…and it’s about time if you ask me.

By “me” I of course mean me, Alcatraz Smedry. This is the last chapter of my autobiography, and was the hardest one for me to write. Because, in it—I’m not a hero. In fact, I’m the one who screwed everything up for everyone else.

First off, my Talent for breaking things got a little out of hand, and I ended up destroying everyone else’s Talents. As in “anyone who was born with a Talent no longer has a Talent and might never get their Talent back”—and all because of a Talent of mine which I no longer have. Got it?

Even worse, my best friend Bastille (she’s a girl, and a friend, but not really my girlfriend…I think?) was put in a coma by those Librarian slugs. So I owed them one for that.

And worse than worse, I needed to enter the heart of Librarian power—the dreaded Highbrary—if I was ever going to bring Bastille back to life and stop my know-it-all hotshot renegade father from unleashing chaos all over the world just because he thinks it’s the right thing to do.

I wasn’t sure I would make it out in one piece. Or two pieces. Or even ten pieces, considering how ticked off the Librarians were with me.

So if you’re willing to read about a world full of deadly dangers and fearsome foes unlike anything you’ve read before, turn the page. After all, I made it out alive…

Though someone very close to me didn’t.

Praise for the Alcatraz series:

“Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one (and then revved up on steroids).”—
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“An excellent choice to read aloud to the whole family.��� —
NPR
“Those who enjoy their fantasy with a healthy dose of slapstick humor will be delighted.” —
School Library Journal
“Genuinely funny...plenty here to enjoy.” —
Locus
“In this original, hysterical homage to fantasy literature, Sanderson’s first novel for youth recalls the best in Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events.” —
VOYA

Genre: Children's Fiction

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