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Street magic /

by Pierce, Tamora.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Pierce, Tamora. Circle opens: bk. 2.Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2001Edition: 1st ed.Description: 300 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0590396285 :; 9780590396288; 0590396439 (pbk.); 9780590396431 (pbk.); 9780613538701 (Topeka); 0613538706 (Topeka).Title notes: $16.95 4-2009 (db)Subject(s): Magic -- Fiction | Fantasy | Magic -- Fiction | Fantasy fiction | Chapter booksSummary: Former "street rat" Briar Moss must face his past when he discovers a young mage in need of a mentor.
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When Briar Moss spots a street kid using magic in a marketplace, he knows he must find her a teacher. But before he can, Briar and the mage are swept up in gang warfare that puts them both in danger.

$16.95 4-2009 (db)

Former "street rat" Briar Moss must face his past when he discovers a young mage in need of a mentor.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">When 14 year old Briar Moss and his tart-tongued teacher Rosethorn travel to ancient Chammur. Briar stumbles across a street urchin named Ewy. The girl has remarkable magic with stone--a powerful gift, since Chammur itself is made almost entirely of stone. To Briar's horror, Rosethorn informs him that since he discovered Ewy, he is responsible for finding her a teacher. Failing that, Briar must teach her himself.Ewy is smart, spunky, and not at all convinced any of this is a good idea. Yet irritating as she can be, Briar finds himself growing fond of the girl. Then a powerful noble takes a special interest in Ewy, and Briar and his charge find themselves swept into the dangerous world of street gangs--a world Briar thought he had left far behind.This is fantasy with a real world edge, as Tamora Pierce deals head on with the issue of gangs, examing both their attractions, and their fatal flaws.Great listening, from America's queen of teen fantasy! Excerpted from Street Magic by Tamora Pierce All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate, Middle School) Although the newest book in Pierce's popular The Circle Opens series has the same premise as its predecessor-a mage from Winding Circle discovers and must train a younger teen with an unrealized magical talent-there are enough twists and turns to provide fans with another exciting read. Briar Moss, whose green magic gives him a unique influence over plants, is abroad with his teacher Rosethorn when he finds a street urchin in a bazaar, polishing stones with magic. At first he tries to pass off the responsibility of teaching Evvy, but when she gets pulled into a local gang war, stirred up by a wealthy, dangerous noblewoman with designs on Evvy's stone magic, the two mages grow into a solid teacher-student team. As Sandry did in Magic Steps (rev. 5/00), Briar struggles with his role as teacher, receiving little adult guidance, and he and his student must solve a grisly mystery. However, Briar's self-confidence and Evvy's spunky determination to take care of herself give the reader assurance that the two young mages have the power to overcome their adversaries. Set in fictional Chammur, reminiscent of a Turkish outpost along an ancient spice route, the novel emphasizes the exotic and unusual elements of the city, but the main characters have universal appeal, and the scenarios regarding gang life ring true. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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