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.
Julian Rodriguez has had it with his mission on earth. “Outrageous! That is the only word that can possibly describe the treatment I have received on this pathetic little planet!…For eight long years I have been disguised as an Earth juvenile. I have never complained, despite the mistreatment, deprivation, insults, and disrespect I have endured at the hands of these primitive life-forms. But this is the last straw!” Yes, he just can’t stand another day of standardized tests, carrot stick snacks and no cartoons. This time, his maternal unit (mother) has gone too far. She has actually insisted that he “dispose of a large canister filled with humanoid refuse.” Yes, now she’s really done it, his spaceman temper is really hot – she’s demanded that he take out the trash! If you’ve ever felt mistreated, overworked, and direspected, Julian knows what you mean. And in the end, he’ll make you laugh so much you forget about it! Author: Alexander Stadler
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
If it’s possible, this might just be too much information about frogs…but that’s not possible, right? This book has the information and really stellar photos too. In it, you can learn about the Australian Spadefoot Toad that survives when it’s dry by digging down into the ground where there is moisture. It can stay buried for months…even years! When it rains, hundreds of these guys can pop out of the ground at once. And here’s a survival tip the next time you get caught unprepared in the outback – the indigenous people of Australia know how to find these frogs and gently squeeze them for a drink. Mmmmm. Then they let them go of course. I think gently is a really important word in those directions! Author: Nic Bishop