The Resource The rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney

The rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney

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The rithmatist
Title
The rithmatist
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Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney
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Language
eng
Summary
As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice
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Award
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015.
Review
  • Gr 6 – 10 — The idea that evil chalk drawings pose a threat to humanity quite frankly sounds silly. Add in the none-too-subtle Harry Potter parallels and you have the makings of literary mediocrity. And yet Sanderson has crafted an action-packed mystery that will keep readers hooked, especially toward the end. Joel is an underachieving, charity-case student at the elite Ardemius Academy where his mother is a cleaning lady and his late father made chalk for Rithmatists. In the hands of a Rithmatist, chalk is a weapon keeping North America safe from wild "chalklings," two-dimensional beasts of unknown origins. Only one in 1000 people possess Rithmatic abilities. Much to Joel's chagrin, he is not one of them. But when Rithmatic students begin disappearing, Joel gets a chance to help in the investigation, and maybe get another shot at becoming one of the elite. Part fantasy, part alternate history, part steampunk, this story succeeds nicely despite some flaws (logical inconsistencies and an annoying female lead foremost among them). An exciting ending and skillful setup for a sequel will have readers hungry for the next volume.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA --Anthony C. Doyle (Reviewed July 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 7, p85)
  • /* Starred Review */ Bestselling author Sanderson’s first YA novel is a delightful fantasy set in an alternate early 20th-century America made up of 60 loosely federated islands protected by Rithmatists, who use powerful chalk-drawing magic to hold at bay the voracious wild chalklings. These mysterious, two-dimensional creatures from the dangerous island of Nebrask would wipe out the nation if they ever broke loose. Sixteen-year-old Joel attends Armedius Academy, a noted school for Rithmatists, as a general student; he has studied the intricate, magical chalk patterns his whole life, but missed his chance to become a Rithmatist. As his more talented schoolmates begin to disappear, apparently killed or kidnapped by wild chalklings, Joel; his new friend Melody, an incompetent young Rithmatist; and Fitch, their recently disgraced professor, become involved in a desperate attempt to avoid more bloodshed and save their schoolmates. Featuring ingenious magic (complete with profuse chalk drawing–style diagrams and illustrations from McSweeney), feisty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages. Ages 12–up. Author’s agent: Eddie Schneider, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 25, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The inhumanly prolific author of the Mistborn trilogy conjures similarly baroque magic for a lapidary series opener aimed at a somewhat younger audience. Set on an alternate, steampunk Earth among the many squabbling United Isles of America, the tale pits Joel, teenage son of a poor chalkmaker, and allies against mysterious baddies who are snatching students of exclusive Armedius Academy. Among other subjects, the Academy teaches Rithmatics--a geometry-based system of offensive and defensive shapes chalked on flat surfaces and then animated by those endowed with a special magical ability in a ceremony as children. Though he himself cannot bring his figures to life like a true Duster, years of obsessive study have made Joel a brilliant theorist and designer. His skills plunge him into the middle of the kidnapping investigation and ultimately lead to hints of a larger plot to release floods of deadly wild "chalklings" against humanity. Stay tuned. Between (and occasionally within) every chapter, labeled diagrams and smaller drawings lay out an elaborate but generally logical set of rules and behaviors for Rithmatical attack and defense. Fantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup, enriched by a thoroughly detailed cultural and historical background and capped by a distinctly unsettling twist. (Fantasy. 10-13)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10182631
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sanderson, Brandon
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[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL680L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 10
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McSweeney, Ben
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True
Series statement
Rithmatist
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Teenage boys
  • Kidnapping
  • Magic
  • Schools
  • Drawing
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney
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Includes reading and activity guide and questions for discussion
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • cartographic image
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  • rdacontent
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
378 pages
Isbn
9780765338440
Lccn
2012043417
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
The rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes reading and activity guide and questions for discussion
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
378 pages
Isbn
9780765338440
Lccn
2012043417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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