Amulet of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud
Like Harry Potter & wizards on the rampages? Have we got a treat for you! Nathaniel may be only a scrawny 11-year-old wizard’s apprentice but he’s got the magical chops to summon a powerful 5,000-year-old Djinni! And control him.
The Djinni is Bartimeus, he’s powerful, grumpy, saracastic and has seen it ALL. Like the dad from “That ‘70s Show” there’s NO way he’s going to be the slave of some punk apprentice! He’ll bide his time and wait for the boy to make a mistake—and then he’ll take a bloody revenge!
But Nathanial has other plans. He’s going to use Bartimeus to get revenge against Simon Lovelace by stealing Simon’s magical amulet – the amulet of Samarkand. If Simon Lovelace thinks Nathaniel is just another apprentice to be mocked and embarrassed he can think again!
Unfortunately for Bartimeus, Nathanial IS the Harry Potter of this dark, alternate world where magic is as commonplace as science and the country is run by dark wizards. Bartimeus is going to wait a LONG, LONG time before Nathanial makes a mistake. And that’s lucky for Nathanial because he’s going to need all his power AND Bartimeus – the amulet is no minor trinket – it’s power will attract every dark wizard in London. If Nathanial and Bartimeus can’t work together, they’ll both be destroyed.
Booktalk by Kirsten Edwards & Jane Wheeler, Whatcom County Library System
Last Updated: January 15, 2008