It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Brandon Sanderson, best know for finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, has started a new YA series with The Rithmatist. Set in a world where those with magic can make chalk drawings come to life, this novel chronicles the adventures of Joel, teen-aged son of a chalkmaker, who is fascinated by Rithmatists and their history, even though he was never fortunate enough to be chosen one by the Master. When Rithmatist students start disappearing from his school, Armedius Academy, Joel becomes aprt of an unlikely team of investigators which includes a recently demoted professor and Melody, a Rithmatist girl who struggles with some of the most basic skills of her craft yet is still a talented artist. The young and brash Professor Nalizar is set up as Joel’s prime suspect and generally someone readers will love to hate–but, of course, the mystery’s solution is not that easy.
Sanderson has built a fascinating world and a great story to boot. Ben McSweeney’s “chalk” drawings bring the Rithmatists’ magic to life. This novel definitely feels like the first book in a series, as some parts of the world are hinted at rather than fully developed–by design, so it would seem. One thing is for sure: readers will be left wondering just how Rithmatists receive their powers, what it would be like to be at Nebrask, and what lies in store for Joel in the future.
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I am re-reading Neal Shusterman’s Unwind because I need to start the sequels soon, as we have an author visit in November. UnWholly and UnSouled were never on the shelves last year, and there were HUGE reserve lists for them, too!