By Jonathan Stroud

Offering an exciting new voice in kid's literature-a witty, gripping event tale that includes a boy and his not-so-tame djinni. Nathaniel is a tender magician's apprentice, taking his first classes within the arts of magic. but if a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in entrance of everybody he is familiar with, Nathaniel makes a decision to kick up his schooling a couple of notches and convey Lovelace who is boss. With revenge on his brain, he masters one of many hardest spells of all: summoning the omnipotent djinni, Bartimaeus. yet summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are various things completely, and while Nathaniel sends the djinni out to scouse borrow the robust Amulet of Samarkand, Nathaniel reveals himself stuck up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, homicide, blackmail, and rebel. Set in a modern day London spiced with magicians and mayhem, this awesome, humorous, pitch-perfect mystery will dazzle the myriad lovers of Artemis bird and the His darkish fabrics trilogy. And with the rights bought in additional than a dozen nations, and an incredible movie within the works, the Bartimaeus trilogy is at the quickly music to changing into a vintage.

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His face was often in shadow. Light from the window spilled round him in a nebulous haze. As Nathaniel entered, a long thin hand would gesture toward the cushions piled high on the Oriental couch on the opposite wall. Nathaniel would take a cushion and place it on the floor. Then he sat, heart pounding, straining to catch every nuance of his master's voice, terrified of missing a thing. In the early years, the magician usually contented himself with questioning the boy about his studies, inviting him to discuss vectors, algebra, or the principles of probability, asking him to describe briefly the history of Prague or recount, in French, the key events of the Crusades.

On two other afternoons he was escorted down the street to the public baths, where a burly man with a mustache shaped like a mudguard supervised a punishing regimen. Along with a bedraggled posse of other small children, Nathaniel had to swim countless lengths using every conceivable style of stroke. He was always too shy and exhausted to talk much to his fellow swimmers, and they, sensing him for what he was, kept their distance from him. Already, by the age of eight, he was avoided and left alone.

Underwood had bought for him. He would brush his hair carefully in front of a tall mirror in the bathroom, running his eyes over the thin, neat figure with the pale face gazing back at him. Then he descended by the back stairs to the kitchen, carrying his schoolwork. While Mrs. Underwood fixed the cornflakes and toast, he would try to finish the homework left over from the night before. Mrs. Underwood frequently did her best to help him. "Azerbaijan? " "Yes. Look in your atlas. " "Mr. " "Don't look so down.

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