Siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood are accused of being witch and wizard by the “New Order,” a political party which was at first seen as something of a joke. During a protest, the Allgoods are arrested by schoolmate Byron Swain. Upon being sent to a prison for just kids, each one was allowed to take one thing with them. Their parents guided their choices in what to take, though Wisty and Whit didn't understand it at the time.
They weren't aware they had magical abilities. Whit and Wisty were found guilty of possessing magic. Their sentence: execution when they turn 18. Confined to their cells for the duration, the brother and sister discover that magic is real! They learn that there are portals to different realms, meet people who can tell what’s in your pocket, and may even find Whit’s disappeared girlfriend, Celia.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 13):
This story light reading. With its action-packed plot and memorable characters, I think Witch and Wizard is best for preteens. Unless you want to buy the entire series, I would suggest borrowing this from a library.
This was a bit too predictable for me. While I liked Wisty's spunk, the New Order became trite quickly, especially with "The One Who is [insert role here]." Like our teen reviewer, I would recommend borrowing it from the library. I disagree with our teen about the appropriate audience. Given the level of violence, I would not recommend this to readers younger than 13.
Readers who live for the thrill of a fast pace and suspense will have a hard time putting down Witch and Wizard.
There is some violence.
This is a fantasy series that will appeal to pre-teens and teens in search of High Interest / Low Readability books.
Read this one just for fun.
9 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age 13.
Borrow. A fun, quick read.
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|Author||Brian Williams, Roderick Gordon|
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