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Alfred Kropp: The Thirteenth Skull Mass Market Paperback – June 23, 2009
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Grade 7–10—The teenage descendant of Sir Lancelot featured in The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005) and Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon (2007, both Bloomsbury) returns for another adventure. Alfred has died and been restored to life, is looked after by Archangel Michael, and can heal others with his blood. He is trying to live a normal life with his legal guardian, the former Operative Nine (top agent) of OIPEP (Office of Inter-dimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomenon). When Samuel is shot in a surprise attack, Alfred pursues the perpetrator and an intense chase leads to the death of several police officers. The teen is arrested and placed in a psych ward. He is soon offered a deal by OIPEP's new Op-Nine, Nueve: they will help him escape if he gives them the Seal of Solomon. Can Alfred trust OIPEP? Who is trying to kill him? And what is the thirteenth skull? Fast paced from start to finish, with numerous chase scenes (by car, horse, and other means), flying bullets, betrayals, and more, this is a great book for action fans and reluctant readers. However, though Alfred briefly summarizes previous events, kids will want to read the other titles first to best follow the plot.—Samantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT
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“This action novel delivers its advertised thrills.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“With nonstop action, wry humor and enough plot 'zigs' instead of 'zags', this rollicking page-turner is just plain fun.” ―VOYA
“A great book for boys, as well as reluctant readers . . . teens will love and won't be able to put down.” ―School Library Journal on ALFRED KROPP AND THE SEAL OF SOLOMON
“Like J. K Rowling, first time YA novelist Yancey deftly leavens the heavier plot elements with humor; this story of a big-headed loser is as funny as it is scary.” ―Publishers Weekly on THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP
“Yancey has hit one out of the park with this original, engaging, sequel-worthy read.” ―Kirkus Reviews on THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This new book pumps up the action sky-high. In a few mere minutes of reading, the book immediately explodes in a fireball of over-the-top action. You can read more about how that happens in the review from TeensReadToo.com, but if you don't want to have the surprise spoiled for you, I'd avoid reading that review. Anyway, this book is even more thrilling than the first two combined, with impossible life-or-death scenarios at every turn. With all of this, I'd say this would actually make for the best movie out of all of them. But as has been said, there's also a lot of violence so BE CAREFUL. There's beheadings in this book, and more too.
As for the plot, one thing you'll really want to do is definitely read the other books in the series before you check out this one. Even if you've read them before, read them again. There's so many references to them in The Thirteenth Skull that if you don't do this, you'll be struggling to recall the events of the prequels just about every five or ten minutes. Also, reading them will help you enjoy the unexpected plot twists you might expect from the series in this book. OIPEP never seemed perfect, but even the most unshakably good members are shown in at least slight shades of grey. The new Operative Nine in this book is especially slimy. Another key villain is an enemy of the past whom Alfred never met, but is surprisingly similar to. Of course there is much more to the story than this and the synopsis, but no way am I going into any more spoilers. If you love action-adventures with a side of humor and light romance, this is definitely the book--and the series--for you. It's got guns AND swords; what more could you want?! Whatever it is, this book will deliver.