The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
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Alfred Kropp is just trying to survive high school when his guardian
uncle ropes him into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his
life forever: stealing Excalibur-the legendary sword of King Arthur.
But when Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the wrong hands, he
undertakes an unlikely quest to right his wrong and save the world from
imminent destruction.
This gripping, fast-paced, often hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one
boy's coming of age.

"One of those unforgettable tales, both humorous and poignant, visceral and scary, that stays with you long after you are drained breathless by a captivating read." - Ridley Pearson, co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers

"If you've been dying for a fast-paced thriller of a tale... [this] is the book for you." - Jon Scieszka, editor of Guys Write for Guys Read

"Like J. K Rowling, first time YA novelist Yancey deftly leavens the heavier plot elements with humour; this story of a big-headed loser is as funny as it is scary. Alfred's adventures are not the only element of this tale that is extraordinary - the reluctant hero is too." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Yancey has hit one out of the park with this original, engaging, sequel-worthy read."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This is an extraordinary adventure. Swordplay, guns, helicopters, fast cars and a striking conclusion make for a headlong, interesting read for teenagers."

Look out for the other exciting books in this series: The Seal of Solomon and The Thirteenth Skull!

About Rick Yancey

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Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent. He has also written the award-winning series Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, as well as several novels for adults, including The Highly Effective Detective and A Burning in Homeland. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on taxes ever written. He earned a BA in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and worked as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service before turning to writing full time in 2004. Rick lives with his wife Sandy and two sons in Gainesville, Florida. Visit him at
Published December 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Alfred Kropp is an overweight, underachieving teen whose main goals in life consist of getting his learner's permit and dating Amy Pouchard.

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Publishers Weekly

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Suspense? Check. Humor? Check. Flashy cars? Check. Violent fight scenes? Oh yeah. Unlikely teenage hero? Yep. This recording of Yancey's action-filled first YA novel has plenty of the elements

Feb 27 2006 | Read Full Review of The Extraordinary Adventures ...

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