High Wizardry: Young Wizards Series, Book 3

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Megan McDonald, Common Sense Media
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Wizards and computers -- a potent combination.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Dairine behaves like a brat in the beginning.

Violence

Of a magical sort, in the final confrontation.

Sex

Brief references to Nita's bodily changes as she enters adolescence.

Language

Occasional and mild.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a good story for those who appreciate science fiction and would-be hackers who are not put off by technical gobbledygook and computer characters.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bygilly_boy February 2, 2012

Had more point to it.

I think it was better than the last two, this book actually had a point to it. Although I wish that Kit had given some view, because it's mostly Nita telli... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybookworm12345511 September 16, 2009

loved it

i loved this series its really good nita and kit r on another adventure and this time nitas sister is a wizard

What's the story?

Nita's younger sister Dairine takes center stage in this third Wizardry novel. Bratty Dairine, a computer whiz with smarts and curiosity, reads Nita's wizardry manual and plunges into taking the Oath herself. At the Museum of Natural History, a doorway is turned into a worldgate to outer space.

Before Nita and Kit can find her, Dairine's off on her own Ordeal to an alien planet in a faraway galaxy, having copied a double of herself and her computer. As Nita and Kit race to help her, she bumps up against yet another manifestation of the Lone Power. Danger escalates when It creeps into Dairine's mind, and she hasn't enough experience with spells to know how to combat It. Nita and Kit come to the rescue, only to discover that they've fallen into a trap set by their old archenemy, the Lone One itself.

Is it any good?

Amusing aliens, glass turtles, and giant, slumbering computer chips populate this computer-driven science fiction novel that opens with a strong beginning, giving way to a meandering plot. Readers of the series have met the dauntless Dairine in the two previous Wizardry novels, and know her primarily as Nita's pesky little sister. This headstrong girl stumbles into wizardry, but goes through quite a transformation as a result of her experience with the Lone Power, emerging as a convincing heroine in her own right.

While Dairine's resourcefulness throughout is admirable, the plot sags into a quagmire of computerese. Unfortunately, much of this has the painful sound of someone trying very hard to sound computer literate. For kids who understand computers, some of this will be dated, and some downright incorrect. But for those who can follow it, the ending is worth the wait.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Dairine's resourcefulness. How does she get herself into trouble? Do you think she's right to try to tackle this herself? What does she learn?

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