By Brandon Sanderson
The evil Librarians are coming!
A hero with a big talent...for breaking issues. A life-or-death mission...to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome hazard from a robust mystery network...the evil Librarians.
Alcatraz Smedry doesn't appear destined for something yet catastrophe. On his thirteenth birthday he gets a bag of sand, that is quick stolen via the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the area. The sand will provide the Librarians the sting they should in achieving global domination. Alcatraz needs to cease them!...by infiltrating the neighborhood library, armed with not anything yet eyeglasses and a expertise for klutziness.
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