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THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud

THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND

From the Bartimaeus series, volume 1

By Jonathan Stroud

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7868-1859-X
Publisher: Hyperion

In a contemporary London full of magic, a thrilling adventure unfolds. Twelve-year-old Nathaniel is apprenticed to a politician (which means magician), but early emotional pain leads him toward hardness and anger. Arrogantly summoning a djinni to help him steal an amulet from slickly evil Simon Lovelace, he’s swept into a swirl of events involving conspiracy at the highest government level. Nathaniel’s perspective alternates with that of Bartimaeus, the cocky, sardonic djinni. No character is wholly likable or trustworthy, which contributes to the intrigue. Many chapters end in suspense, suddenly switching narrators at key moments to create a real page-turner. Readers will hope that Stroud follows up on certain questions—is it slavery to use a djinni? will shaky looming international politics affect the empire? who deserves our alliance? and who are the mysterious children ostensibly running an underground resistance?—in the next installment, sure to be eagerly awaited. (Fantasy. 10-14)