The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatist have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disapperaint--kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discoery--one that will change Rithmatics--and their world--forever.
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I have not read many books by Brandon Sanderson but my husband has and he recommended this book to my 12 year old son. After he read I and raved about it I read it too and loved it. Joel is so likeable and I feel so bad for him. His father, the Chalkmaker died and so it is just him and his mother living on campus. All the professors and staff have known him all his life. His mother is working non-stop cleaning the school. Joel has a hard time finding friends and any he does make are not very nice to him. But Joel is very intelligent and he uses that in this book. The ending although I had guessed some of it really wanted me to read the next one, which isn't out yet. I never would have thought a story about chalk drawings would be so compelling.