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Stroud, Jonathan.
New York : Miramax Books/Hyperon Books for Children, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
ISBN 078681859X
Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice in a world where magicians make up the ruling class of London.  When an arrogant magician by the name of  Simon Lovelace publicly humiliates him, Nathaniel takes matters into his own hands and summons the Djinn Bartimaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from Lovelace.  But Nathaniel soon learns that the ability to summon and the ability to control are two different things entirely.  After his house is burned down and he barely escapes with his life, Nathaniel discovers the Amulet is at the center of a massive political plot destined to challenge not only the ruling powers but the depth of Nathaniel's own abilities as well.  And woven throughout all this adventure is the Demon Bartimaeus, whose  only objective is to escape the control of Nathaniel.  Can Nathaniel control him?  Can he trust him?   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee, 2004-05)
SUBJECTS:     Magic -- Fiction.
                        Wizards -- Fiction.
                        Apprentices -- Fiction.
                        London (England) -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.


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