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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

“That was terribly thoughtless of you. What good is having friends if they don’t put you in mortal peril every once in a while?”

"More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rihtmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalkings now threaten all of the American Isles." (From the font cover).

Joel is tired of sitting through classes that don't interest him. What he's really interested in learning, Rithmatics, is restricted to only the Rithmatist students. Rithmatists can make chalk figures, chalklings, come to life. When they are not defending the United Isles in Nebrask they can compete in duels and the like. Joel missed his chance of becoming a Rithmatist and is just starting to accept the fact that his life will never be as involved in Rithmatics as he would like. That is, until the disappearances begin. Rithmatic students start disappearing around Armedius Academy with only trails of blood and a few Rithmatic markings left behind and Joel believes he can help. With his knowledge of Rithmatics, his classmate Melody, and the old Rithmatist professor, Professor Fitch, they just might be able to figure out who is behind the mysterious disappearances. The academy is counting on them.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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"'Natural aptitudes, like yours, peak in the teen years. Formal education, college, the wrong influences, could all interfere with the incredible raw potential you have now.' He folded his hands neatly in front of him. 'I want to see to it that you have the right influences, that your gift is molded into something extraordinary, something that you can use to do an incredible amount of good in this world."

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Trade in your class schedules to try Defensive Theory of Rithmatics, Blackmailing 101, Potions, Sword Fighting, Covert Operations, or Profiling Skills. Every class is important when it could mean the difference between life and death.