Book Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
On Sale: October 7, 2005

SUMMARY: Alfred Kropp is busily trying to survive high school, when his uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur—the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction. This gripping, fast-paced, hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one boy’s coming of age. (from the publisher)

OPINION: This is a great modern twist on an old legend. It's sort of like a James Bond film--secret organizations, fast cars, weapons, fights, and the occasional gorgous girl. With one major exception: the hero is a chunky teenager with bad social skills and a tendency toward making stupid mistakes at awkward times. My favorite character was Bennacio, the last remaining guardian of the sword who dispenses cryptic wisdom (like a kung-fu master) to Alfred while they try to save the sword...and the world!

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