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The only vivid memory I have of this book is that the citizens of the story's world are all associated with a certain element, such as air or water, etc. This association brings them powers that can control that particular element. The powers, though, can only be enhanced/ used if 'special stones' are implanted in their spine after birth.

The stones themselves are plain, but once implanted in a baby's back, they turn a certain color. The stones are implanted in a special ritual performed by alien-like creatures, who are very powerful.

I have a feeling it was a part of a series, but I am unsure.

I just remembered something else. The stones are very expensive and the parents have to save up in order to afford them. Multiple stones can be implanted in one person and the number of stones implanted in a person indicates the amount of power they have.

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    Its like Avatar meets Captain Planet. – OghmaOsiris Jul 12 '11 at 19:10
  • I know right? I remember the book being pretty darn interesting. Wish I could get my hands on it. – Dharini Chandrasekaran Jul 12 '11 at 19:51
  • Is it a relatively recent series or something you read decades ago? – Amos Jul 12 '11 at 20:16
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    I read this about 9-10 years ago. And I have a feeling it isn't from like tolkien times, relatively more recent. – Dharini Chandrasekaran Jul 12 '11 at 20:54
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    I just know I've read the same book as you! It was definitely a series by the way. Two main characters a brother and sister both with like 5 stones in their spine. There were also monsters/assasination type creature on the side of the bad guys who could travel through mirrors/any reflective surface. Their dad got killed in front of them and they joined this rebel alliance type thing. It was a really interesting series wish i remembered the name of it >.< – user32120 Aug 26 '14 at 13:17
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Sounds like the Broken Sky series by Chris Wooding, which began publication by Scholastic in 2000. More information is available on the author's website.

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    Wow! Thanks. I had read only one book when I was a kid, and remember being disappointed as my library didn't have the rest of the series. You have made my day! :) – Dharini Chandrasekaran Jul 13 '11 at 17:06

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