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Prineas, Sarah.
New York : Harper/Collins, 2008
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
ISBN 006137587X
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Even in the shadows, the thing Iíd stolen was darker than dark, and though it was small, a stone no bigger than a babyís fist, it was heavier than the heart of a man on his way to the gallows tree.  It was a magical thing.  The wizardís locus magicalicus.  As I stared down at the wizardly stone, it started to glow.

 Connwaer is a young pickpocket living on the streets of the city of Wellmet.  Stealing a wizardís stone was a terrible mistake.  By all rights, it should have killed himóbut it didnít.   Now the wizard Nevery is offering to take Connwaer on as an apprentice, and to train him as a wizard in his own right.  But the cityís supply of magic seems to be dwindling.  There are dangers all around him and sometimes itís hard to know whom to trust.  Join Connwaer in this fast-paced adventure as he makes new friends and encounters powerful enemies while attempting to find out whoís behind the disappearance of magic in Wellmet.    (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2009-2010)

SUBJECTS:     Magic -- Fiction.
                        Wizards -- Fiction.
                        Apprentices -- Fiction.

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