This maybe a YA Book but I love it.
This is what you wanted to try for/wish for/be as a kid when growing.
With it came all the trials of being a kid. The adventure,
risk, fun, and all the knowledge combined.
Yes, if you like HP [Harry Potter] you will enjoy this series.
Read it to your kids or read it YOURSELF.
More for young readers (age 12-15)..my kids, who devoured Harry Potter ad nauseum likek this
a young adult book appealing to adults too. Gets scary!
A great story of young wizards.
At age 59, these books hooked me and I had to read them all...well written and fleshed out.
Love Love LOVE this series. Read the first four probably sometime in jr hi, but have re-read several times since and they never get old.
Picked this up 'cause I'd heard good things about it - boy, 300-odd pages never flew by so quickly - but mostly 'cause there aren't really many words on each page. It's actually for an audience a bit younger than "YA" - good for 8-12 year olds, I'd say.
Fleeing from bullies who beat her up regularly, Nita finds a book in the library that seems to offer a magical solution. However, she soon learns that wizardry has more important aspects than just self-protection, as a matter of fact, it is bound up with preserving the world.
She and another novice wizard from the neighborhood, Kit, together with a personable white hole named Fred, set out to an eerie alternate Manhattan filled with malevolent machines and run by a satanic businessman in order to retrieve a powerful book of wizardry and save the world.
Good book. As the girl reads the book, it comes to life and takes 2 children into a different world.
This a wonderful book for any age. The first in a series of great books.
This was a fun book and a very quick read. I enjoyed the way the characters were presented and magic was presented. And I really loved Fred! I'd like to read the rest of the books in this series.
If you like the Harry Potter Series, this is along the same line.
My daughter really enjoyed this book.
I read only the prologue on the bus but found it very well written. I am going to put it on the 'free' book truck at the branch library with several other books and am sure it will soon find a reader. The protagonist is skinny kid with a not especially happy life who likes to read. While sheltering in the branch library from a group of bad kids who feel she needs a beating, she runs across a book on careers, i.e. How To Be A Wizard....
This is the first book in the series. Its about a wizardry (as you might have guessed). It is a MUST read for everyone. I thought this, and the whole series was awesome. I also have 2 and 3 if you have already read this one and are looking for the rest.
Love this series! Not just for young readers.
this the best book in the series, i would highly reccomend it as a standalone book. please not that the series wears itself out after the fourth or fifth book.
Fans of L'Engle will like this book. Magic meets science, and the Nerds save the world from utter destruction.
One of my daughters books. She is only 7 so it was a bit difficult for her to understand it all but she did enjoy it. Highly reccomend for pre-teen ages.
A good young adult series about a girl who enters the world of wizardry.
This was a decent middle grade read that's a unique blend of science fiction and fantasy. I had some trouble engaging with the characters and story, but the world is a unique one and the idea of how magic works was interesting.
I enjoyed the idea of modern day wizards that strive to protect the world and humanity from evil. It was interesting that a lot of this "protection" revolved around conservation of energy for the planet. The journey Kit and Nita take to a parallel world was eerie and creepy and very imaginative; this was probably the best part of the story for me.
I did have some trouble engaging with Kit and Nita; they were both just so...well...stereotypical middle grade adventure characters. Additionally some of the elements of the story about how magic works could have been explained a bit better and was kind of confusing.
Overall this was an okay read. I enjoyed the blend of sci-fi and fantasy and some of the parallel worlds. There are some neat ideas in here. In the end though I had trouble engaging with the characters, found parts of the story confusing, and thought some of it was just plain boring. I don't plan on continuing this series.
Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those "So you want to be a.." books, a series on careers. "So you want to be a Pilot.., and a Scientist...a Writer. " But this one said, "So You Want to be a Wizard." I don't believe this, thought Nita. She shut the book and stood there, holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one, if it wasn't......
The book is funny and slightly scary.