Karen Abbott


Libraries, Adventure, Foster Family, Family, Magic, Intermediate, Outstanding

Document Type

Book Review


Alcatraz has been breaking things all of his life while he is passed from foster home to foster home. So, it is astonishing when his grandfather, Leavenworth Smedry, reveals that this is a much-revered talent in the Free Kingdoms. Grandpa Smedry sweeps Alcatraz into a world where librarians are evil and control information, a world where sand is smelted into glasses that allow occulators to see things that others cannot, and a world populated by the family that Alcatraz has always wondered about. As his eyes begin to see things in a new light, choices that he never expected fall into his path, helping him learn to choose not only for himself, but for those he cares about as well.