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First time read: sometime in 2005 Last read April 2, 2009 On third reading, it didn't get as preachy as Shadow Puppets did. Maybe someone told Card that his personal politics ruined the last book. Still love this one.
I'd say it's a mix between Harry Potter, the Friday Next series, and Pan's Labyrinth.