This book is a 2016 Rebecca Caudill nominee. In this book, society’s safety is dependent on the Rithmatists, certain chosen people with abilities to make chalk lines come to life. These defenses are necessary against wild chalkings that stalk the land and are threatening the safety of the people. Joel is the son of a chalkmaker and is fascinated with the Rithmatists, even though he is not one. After befriending Melody, a Rithmatist student, and a professor, they team together to solve the biggest mystery to face their people – the abduction and potential murder of young Rithmatists. Fans of fantasy will probably enjoy this book, although it wasn’t a favorite of mine.