Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice. He’s like the magician’s son…but not. His bedroom is in the attic. His food is brought to him in his room. He is provided for, but he isn’t nurtured or made to feel loved. He only sees the magician during his lessons. Nathaniel is lonely and the only way he knows to get the attention he desires is to do really well in his lessons, and that he does. He practices advanced magic on his own and becomes so good at it, he manages to steal an important magical object from a much older and more experienced magician.
He reminds me a lot of another wizard you know…but not the one you’re thinking. Nathaniel doesn’t remind me of Harry, he reminds me of Tom Riddle. Like Tom, Nathaniel is aloof, detached from people, brooding, only concentrating on his own abilities and obsessed with improving them. He seeks revenge for the wrongs he feels have been done to him. But he has one thing Tom Riddle didn’t…Bartimeaus, a djinn (genie/demon) Nathanial has summoned to help him accomplish his magical goals. And this demon is up for whatever Nathaniel can dish out! He is funny, wise-cracking, irreverant and ready to put Nathanial in his place at any opportunity. He is exactly what Nathaniel needs. Bartimeaus tries to warn Nathaniel that he is growing into a typical power-hungry magician, but Nathaniel doesn’t listen. Will Nathaniel ever turn away from his anger and bitterness? Will he make the choice Tom Riddle didn’t? Will he learn what love is? You have to read all three in this trilogy…and then you’ll find out!
If you liked Harry Potter, this adventure will give you another original magical world to enter. There are magical battles, back-stabbing, lying and cheating…plenty of traitors and double-crossers, but then there is also a mysterious pretty girl and also Bartimeaus. Who says a demon can’t be lovable?
It’s been several months since the Society (Reynie, Kate, Sticky & Constance) had their first adventure in The Mysterious Benedict Society, and frankly, they’re bored! Nothing is going on until they each get an invitation from Mr. Benedict for a surprise reunion. Excited to be together again, the children happily head to Mr. Benedict’s house. When they arrive, his house is surrounded by policeman – something terrible has happened! Mr. Benedict and Number 2 have disappeared. The first clue, a ransom note delivered by carrier pigeon:
“I write to report that your friends are in grave danger…If you hope to see either of them again, you will give me exactly what I wish, and without delay…We shall all be most unhappy if you delay.” L. Curtain
The kids find out that Mr. Benedict had devised an elaborate, puzzle-filled, international scavenger hunt for them as a surprise. While out planting clues, Mr. Benedict and Number 2 were kidnapped by evil Mr. Curtain. And it isn’t just Mr. Benedict and Number 2 that are in danger, it’s all of us! Aided by some clues and puzzles that Mr. Benedict left behind, the kids begin to piece together where Mr. Benedict and Number 2 might have gone before they disappeared. By following the scavenger hunt clues, the kids use their unique talents to attempt a rescue before it is too late. Another great adventure full of clever clues and mind bending puzzles solved by four friends who find out once again how great their friendship is. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Coming Soon, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma: October 13, 2009.
We first met Theodosia Throckmorton in Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. She still spends her time in the museum where her parents work, skillfully using her curse removing kit on suspicious artifacts. Her parents are still obsessed with their work and therefore clueless to the dangers lurking in their museum. To keep Theo out of trouble and out of their way, they give her an assignment, cleaning and cataloging the artifacts in the basement of the museum… hundreds upon hundreds of forgotten, dusty artifacts. Forgotten, dusty, and chock full of dormant curses just waiting to be released.
As if all those old curses aren’t enough to deal with, mummies from all over London begin mysteriously appearing in her Dad’s museum. Theodosia puts aside her cleaning job to help her father, who is suspected in the thefts. When mummies continue to show up in her Dad’s museum night after night, he is carted off to jail. It is up to Theo and her old friend Sticky Will to find out who is behind the mysterious behavior of the mummies who are, in fact, making their way to her Dad’s museum in the dead of night…on their own! Who has the power to re-animate long dead mummies? And why would they want to? Author: R.L. LaFevers
Read Chapter One: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
A car accident has left Emily and Navin without a father. In an effort to start fresh and ease financial pressure, the kids’ mom moves them all to a new city to a mysterious old house that has been in their family for many years. It is the home of their Great Grandpa Silas, a man who locked himself up in the house many years ago…and was never seen again. (Can you say haunted?)
Inside the house the kids find blueprints and interesting looking machines…robot looking machines. On their first night, with the power out and unusual noises coming from the basement, the kids’ mom ventures into the basement to find out what is making such a racket. “Ill be back quickly. I promise.” Huh. Famous last words.
When their mother does not return quickly, Navin and Emily follow her into the basement and are lead into a new world that includes a tentacled creature that his kidnapped their mom. To get her back, the kids team up with some of Great Grandpa Silas’s creations – the robots Miskit, Morrie and Cogsley. Annnd, they have at their disposal a house built by Grandpa Silas…a house that is in fact a transformer. It can transform into a giant robot and move on their command!
The Stonekeeper is the beginning of a great adventure story pitting good against evil – using their wits, relying on their new friends and learning how to use Grandpa Silas’s eccentric and imaginative mechanical creations is all part of the fun. Author: Kazu Kibuishi
11 year-old Cass is practical. Her motto is “be prepared.” She is so sure that a disaster is coming that she carries survival gear in her backpack everyday: a flashlight, topographic maps, rope, a first aid kit, matches, a dust mask, etc. Max-Ernest is also eleven. His hair stands on end, he talks all the time and continually tells jokes that aren’t funny. His classmates don’t laugh. They don’t even smile.
Misfits at school, the two tentatively begin a friendship one day on the soccer field when they begin exploring a mysterious box of test tubes labelled “the symphony of smells”. Cass and Max-Ernest discover what they think is a coded SOS message that sends them on the trail of a magician who owned the box, and who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While on the trail, they are pursued by evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are also after the box of smells. What do they want with the box and why is it so important? The answer to those questions and many more are in this book, but the book is dangerous.
The author has a warning for you, “Not knowing a secret is just about the worst thing in the world. No, I can think of one thing worse. Knowing a secret. Read on, if you must. But remember, I warned you.” Are you curious? Brave? Are you not afraid to lead a life of crime? If you are all of those things…read on. If you like Molly Moon or The Mysterious Benedict Society, give this one a try. Author: Pseudonymous Bosch