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Mark of the Thief

By Jennifer A Nielsen   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545561556 Paperback
352 Pages | 5.27" x 7.57" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545561549 Hardcover
352 Pages | 5.82" x 8.55" | Ages 10 to 14

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545562034 Ebook
352 Pages | Ages 10 to 14

Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy, has woven an electrifying tale of greed and power, magic and destiny, and one boy’s courage at the heart of it all.

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods — magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for the Ascendance Trilogy:

A New York Times Notable Children’s Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” Children’s Book
A Cybils Award Winner

“A page-turner.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A swashbuckling origin story . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys.” —Los Angeles Times

* “An impressive, promising story.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up.” —School Library Journal

“Gripping.” —Kirkus

“A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense.” —The Horn Book

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