The Amulet of Samarkand, Part 1 of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, reads like Harry Potter, but just not as good. The story is about a young eleven year old magician’s apprentice, named Nathaniel who is learning the craft is wronged by Simon Lovelace, a powerful magician.
Seeking revenge, Nathaniel conjures the powerful djinni Bartimaeus to help him embarrass Lovelace by stealing The Amulet of Samarkand. Instead, both Nathaniel and Bartimaeus stumble upon a plot to overturn the government of magic.
Two parts Harry Potter, one part Aladdin and three parts unimaginative. Magic and mystery in the streets of London is better left to J.K. Rowling.