The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan StroudRead about another entry on the list.
This book comes off my shelf at least once every couple of years for a reread. Five-thousand-year-old djinni Bartimaeus supplements what could be a dark-ish book (a political conspiracy! Murders! A wizard’s apprentice with a chip on his shoulder! More murders!) with sarcastic narrative footnotes that help lend brightness to a creative, fast-paced story. The Cave-Bear Book Club gives it a unanimous growl of approval. It’s guaranteed to replenish your sense of snark.
The Amulet of Samarkand is among Django Wexler's top ten animal companions in children's fiction and Francesca Simon's top ten fictional antiheroes.