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Parents' Guide to

So You Want to Be a Wizard

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Blends fantasy, science fiction in equal measures.

Book Diane Duane Fantasy 1983
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

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 it down and try again next year. I just started my son on book one. We are listening to it together and I gave him the option to stop if it is not interesting to him because he can be a bit picky . He gave it a thumbs up. I am enjoying this second time around
age 8+

amazing series with a moral compass

This is the start of the amazing Young Wizards series, which is hugely under-appreciated and has more complexity, depth and morality than the beloved Harry Potter. Nita is a fantastic female role model, and Kit is an excellent male role model (and also a rare hispanic lead in YA fantasy). This series teaches children about science, history, physics, astronomy and biology with a wizardly theme.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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.

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