Alcatraz and the Shattered Lens
by: Brandon Sanderson
published in 2010
For: Middle Grades and Up! This one needs stars and trumpets to announce that it's a book boys would enjoy.
Rating: 5/5 stars
If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Brandon Sanderson's less serious side, you're really missing out. This is book 4 of the Alcatraz series, so you should start from the beginning with Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians. Alcatraz doesn't realize that his propensity for breaking things is actually a talent--all the Smedry's have talents like that. He'd have found out a lot sooner if his grandfather's talent wasn't always being late for things. Now that Alcatraz knows, the future of the human race rests on his shoulders...because the evil Librarians are coming! Their mission is to keep mere mortals as downtrodden as possible. It turns out that Alcatraz is actually from a country the Librarians have deleted from our world maps...a country where the name of Smedry is both revered and feared.
My favorite quote:
"Anyway, what just happened is something we call a teddy bear on the mantle. This is an ancient storytelling rule that says, "If there's an exploding teddy bear that can destroy people's clothing in a given book, that teddy bear must be used to destroy someone's clothing by the end of the book."