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Recommended books for grades 5-8

MARK OF THE THIEF, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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The story: When an encounter in the lost treasure cave of Julius Caesar unexpectedly endows mining slave Nic with magic powers, he doesn’t realize that his life is about to change forever. And as hard and dangerous as life was under the whip, it suddenly becomes more treacherous than ever before as everyone he meets tries to lay claim to his magic to further their own causes. And since Nic doesn’t yet know how to use it, it seems just as likely to end up killing him as any other outcome. Can he learn to use it well enough to secure his own freedom, and then find and free his sister? Not if evil General Radulf has anything to say about it!

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Although its historical setting makes it a little different from Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy, if you liked those stories (starting with “The False Prince”) you’ll like this new series as well.

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