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 boy, one sword, one adventure of a lifetime.
"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." —curledupkids.com