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Macmillan Tor Fall 2016

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The Dark Talent
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
By (author): Brandon Sanderson
9780765381408 Hardcover, Dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 13 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Sep 06, 2016 Print Run: 75000
$23.99 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.41 x 1.07 in | 390 gr 304 pages 40 B&W illustrations and a map Tor/Forge Starscape

The Dark Talentis the fifth action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. This never-before-published, fast-paced, and funny novel is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition, illustrated by Hayley Lazo.

Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary--known as The Library of Congress to Hushlanders--the seat of Evil Librarian power. Without his Talent to draw upon, can Alcatraz figure out a way to save Bastille and defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all?

“Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

BRANDON SANDERSON is the #1New York Times bestselling author ofThe Rithmatist andSteelheart, both of which were selected for the American Library Association's Teens' Top Ten list. He's also written many popular and award-winning books for adults. His middle grade series, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, is now available in deluxe editions.

"Major Plans: - National advertising targeting science fiction/fantasy & middle-grade audiences across multiple formats - Targeted e-blasts to author's fan base - Extensive online publicity campaign inc. social networking components - Extensive promotion across Tor/Forge's multiple online platforms - Extensive educational marketing campaign inc. galley distribution; national conference promotions; & book buzz, webinar, & select major trade advertising placements Social Media: - Website: - Facebook: 180k - Twitter: 87,500 - Goodreads: 31k"

For the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series: "This is an excellent choice to read aloud to the whole family. It's funny, exciting, and briskly paced. Best of all, the message it gives young readers is that a person's flaws - being late, breaking things, etc. - can sometimes turn into useful talents." - Nancy Pearl on NPR's Morning Edition "In this original, hysterical homage to fantasy literature, Sanderson's first novel for youth recalls the best in Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events." - VOYA "A happily action-packed romp." - Horn Book

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