I read this when I was 12, and I love it! Set in a world similar to J. R. R. Tolkien's, where magic is to be used as a last resort, A Wizard of Earthsea is an exciting book that deals with balance, good and evil, and the consequences of your actions. There are almost no female characters, and the two that come to mind are not especially good. Ged (or Duny or Sparrowhawk) has to battle an evil force he released for a dare. This book also deals with fixing the problems you created, even if you don't particularly want to, or a scared to. Parents should know that though this is fantasy it is not a light story, in fact it has almost an eerie aspect, due to the nasty "shadow" that Ged has. An exciting start to the Earthsea cycle, it does not have a definite end, though the main issue is resolved.