The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
When Bartimaeus is summoned by yet another human being who expects the djinni to do his bidding, he doesn’t expect it to be anything other than the usual. His first surprise is that his new master is a young boy. The second is that this kid is actually more powerful than most of the adults who have summoned him. Things get even more interesting when he is ordered to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from one of the most powerful magicians in London and encounters no end of difficulties in performing his task.
This first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy introduces us to a world where magic and technology go together hand in hand, and magicians are considered the upper class, the only ones who can hold political office, and almost always vain and corrupt. Bartimaeus and Nathaniel take turns narrating, letting you see both sides of their stories. Recommended for junior high and up.
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