Those Evil Librarians
"Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness." (Amazon.com)
That's the plot of a new book called Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, which was reviewed by Nancy Pearl on NPR this week. Her review and an abstract of the book are available at NPR.
Hmm - an orphan boy hero taking on evil forces--and he's got dark, messy hair and circular glasses. Sounds vaguely familiar. And you can bet it will be on reading list. Some of my favorite books lately have been YA novels (young adult) - the Twilight series, The Goose Girl, and of course Harry Potter.