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The Amulet of Samarkand
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Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.
Andrew Donkin (www.andrewdonkin.com) is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults. His work in comics includes Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight as well as the graphic novel adaptations of Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident with Eoin Colfer. He lives in London, England.

Lee Sullivan (www.leesullivan.co.uk) is a comic artist and book illustrator, best known in the comics field for his work on Transformers, Doctor Who and Judge Dredd. He lives in Bedfordshire, England with his wife and various non-human life forms.
Nicolas Chapuis is a freelance comic book colorist. His work includes Richard Starkings's "Elephantmen" and Robert Jordan s "The Wheel of Time." He resides in Freiburg, Germany.

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Nathaniel is a 12-year-old magician in training in an alternate London where magic is real and perilous creatures and artifacts abound. Bartimaeus is a cocky, 5,000-year-old djinni whom Nathaniel summons to help him get revenge against an arrogant adult wizard. The plot involves stealing the powerful amulet of Samarkand, which Bartimaeus does, setting off a series of increasingly dangerous events. Stroud's popular prose fantasy series elevates a familiar situation with multileveled characters; sharp, evocative writing; and a fascinating setting of wizardly government that, far from being wondrous, is more often mundane or selfish. This graphic novel adaptation by Donkin and Sullivan wisely keeps all the virtues of the original, adding fantastic visuals of this complicated world and colorful characters. While sometimes the narration goes on longer than is strictly necessary when a picture is supposed to be telling a story, it's usually in the service of Stroud's lively dialogue. The comics version doesn't quite improve the tale-Sullivan's characters tend to have only a handful of expressions-but it does justice to the imaginative, engrossing original. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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