So You Want to Be a Wizard

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Blends fantasy, science fiction in equal measures.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Kit is bullied because of his Spanish accent.


Getting beaten up by bullies, fantasy violence, Kit is injured, a parrot is smacked in the beak. Nita and Kit are stalked by the evil Lone Power and its minions.


A couple of mild swears, one in Spanish.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's some mild, mostly fantasy, violence in this first book in the series. Characters get beat up by bullies and are stalked by evil beings. There's also some swearing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byThe Book Aholic March 11, 2013

Wizards unite!

My coven and I like it, my little girl Megan loves it so much she starts to cry everytime I take a small break. :)
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byLaFemmeNkechi November 19, 2015

My favorite wizard series

As a grown-up, I've read the entire series and I can't praise it enough. If you start it and are not pulled in by the time Nita meets Kit, then put... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byVanishedflower February 1, 2019
I liked this one. I will warn that the diction gets confusing, and there is some violence. Don't remember any swearing though.
Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2016

So Super GREAT!!

This book is SO good!
It is quite suspenseful in some parts, and it was a bit odd that they to all the trouble for a pen, but you find out it was just a test.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nita, chased by bullies, hides in a library and finds astrange book called So You Want to Be a Wizard. It contains information about the nature and structure of the universe, instruction in the use of magic, and a Wizard's Oath. After taking the Oath, Nita discovers that thecontents of the books change to meet her needs and growing abilities, and that she must undergo an ordeal.

She meets another young wizard-to-be, Kit, and together with an intelligent white hole they accidentally call up, they are transported to a dangerous parallel universe run by the Lone Power, where they must retrieve the Bookof Night with Moon which he has stolen and which is necessary for maintaining the stability of the universe.

Is it any good?

Long before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, Nita and Kit began their wizard training in this unusual series that blends fantasy and science fiction in equal measures. Rooted both in Judeo-Christian cosmology and a sort of all-encompassing animism, the novel's fascination comes not only from the weird adventures of the protagonists, but also from the magical-scientific details, conveyed in the author's own delightful technobabble.

This entry in the series is also a love song to New York City, and the world of the Lone Power is seen as a twisted version of Manhattan filled with living (and mostly vicious) taxicabs and helicopters. The settings, in and around downtown Manhattan, are vividly realized.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a lot here, including the religious overtones present in the author's conception of the creation and order of the universe, the idea of intelligence being present in all things, and the importance of language and books.

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