Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (series)

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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, also referred to as Alcatraz or Alcatraz Versus, is a middle-grade series by Brandon Sanderson. It currently consists of 5 books told from the point of view of Alcatraz Smedry, a young boy and heir to House Smedry.


The first four books were originally published by Scholastic, one a year between 2007 and 2010. Scholastic would only agree to publish the first four books, not wishing to publish a fifth book with the Big Reveal which would then lead to a concluding sixth book written by Alcatraz's bodyguard. Brandon bought back the rights to the series and sold them to Tor, who agreed to publish all six books. The first four books were republished with new art during the first half of 2016. The fifth book, The Dark Talent, was then published in September 2016.[1]

Year Title Order Length Notes Refs
2007 Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians #1 Novel
2008 The Scrivener's Bones #2 Novel
2009 The Knights of Crystallia #3 Novel
2010 The Shattered Lens #4 Novel
2016 The Dark Talent #5 Novel

The end-node to The Dark Talent includes a letter penned by Bastille, in which she states that there would an additional book written from her perspective in order to tie up everything properly. The tentative title for the final book is Alcatraz Bastille versus the Evil Librarians: The Worldspire.[1] Brandon had some trouble getting Bastille's voice right, so he reached out to his long-time friend and former student, Janci Patterson, who agreed to help with the book.[2] After that, the two made "significant progress," and the book is almost done.[3][4]

Cover Gallery[edit]

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians · The Scrivener's Bones · The Knights of Crystallia · The Shattered Lens · The Dark Talent

Omnibus Covers[edit]


  • ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS (Scholastic, 2007; Tor, 2016)
  • ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE SCRIVENER’S BONES (Scholastic, 2008; Tor, 2016)
  • ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE SHATTERED LENS (Scholastic, 2010; Tor, 2016)
  • Film rights for series under option to Dreamworks
  • Audio rights (entire series) to Recorded Books
  • German rights (entire series) to Heyne
  • Chinese rights (entire series; complex) to Crown
  • French rights (Books #1-4) to Mango
  • Portugese rights (Brazil; Books #1-2) to Saraiva
  • Romanian rights (Book #1) to Editura Corint Junior
  • Russian rights (Book #1) to EKSMO
  • Spanish rights (Book #1) to Via Magna
  • Thai rights (entire series) to Rueanpanya[5]


  • Book #1 Featured on Nancy Pearl’s NPR Morning Show
  • Book #1 a Book Sense Winter 2007-2008 Children’s Pick
  • Book #1 nominated for Golden Sower Award, Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Book Award, Hawaii’s Nene Award, North Carolina’s Battle of the *Books, and Florida's Sunshine State Young Reader's Award.[5]


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