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City of Bones, 1

City of Bones, 1

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Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" (Entertainment Weekly).

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder--much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing--not even a smear of blood--to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: 03/27/2007
Pages: 496
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.48lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.30w x 1.62d
ISBN: 9781416914280
Age Range: 14-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5
Point Value: 20
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 114414 / City of Bones

Award: Buckeye Children's Book Award - Third Place
Award: Nevada Young Readers' Award - Nominee
Award: South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - Nominee
Award: Iowa High School Book Award - Nominee
Award: Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers - Honor Book
Award: Tayshas Reading - Commended
Award: Grand Canyon Reader Award - Recommended
Award: Colorado Blue Spruce Award - Nominee
Award: Evergreen Young Adult Book Award - Nominee
Award: Locus Awards - Nominee
Award: Young Reader's Choice Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Review - Children 03/01/2007 pg. 218
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2007 pg. 62 - Recommended - Readable
Publishers Weekly 04/09/2007 pg. 55
School Library Journal 05/01/2007 pg. 130
Kirkus Best Books 05/01/2007 pg. 13
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2007 pg. 408 - Recommended
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2007 pg. 365 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Entertainment Weekly 05/27/2011 pg. 83
Entertainment Weekly 11/23/2012 pg. 26

About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling fantasy series Magisterium with Holly Black. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted as both a major motion picture and a television series. Her books have more than fifty million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three fearsome cats. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

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