The Magic Thief
by Sarah Prineas
One of my friends received this book as a gift from a friend years ago but no one ever read it. When my 9-year-old was sick this summer (and his siblings were out of town) I wanted to read aloud to him and decided to give this one a try. We were both delightfully surprised. The story is fun and compelling and the writing is decent (I was occasionally annoyed by the clunky style, but that may have been mostly because I was reading it aloud). It is a bit of a Harry Potter rip off, but that's OK.... the author knows what sells to kids.
There is no offensive language, but a bit of very mild violence (thugs beating up a boy), and a few mildly frightening scenes.
Recommended for: Ages 8-12