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High Wizardry: Young Wizards Series, Book 3

By Megan McDonald, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Wizards and computers -- a potent combination.

Book Diane Duane Fantasy 1990
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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.

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