Parents' Guide to

Witch and Wizard

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Clever premise, but charmless, dark, and too violent.

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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+


Read it in 8th grade.. LOVED IT. Read all books and keep recommending it to those around me.

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age 14+

Great Book

I love to read & will read just about anything that catches my eye. Even if it's Young Adult books. This book does state that it's for ALL ages somewhere in the first few pages, I think where the Copyright & list of other books are. even though it's found in the Young Adult section. I just don't understand why parents are bashing this book when there are far more serious issues going on in this world. More violence than in this book. It's not as violent as some think. Also, look @ all the movies that are out there. There is some violence in them yet parents let their kids watch those movies (that isn't Rated R), there are PG13 movies like Spider-Man, Avengers, etc that has some violence in them but, it's no different than reading this book. It has the same amount of violence as a PG13 movie! It's just a book & if you taught your kids right from wrong, real & not real then there shouldn't be an issue if they read this book. 14-15 & up I believe is the best age range to read this book & the others that go with it. Let's be more worried about what's going on in our world of hate & violence, & the terrorism & terrorist attacks that have now made it's way into the US. Keep your kids safe from that, not silly nonsense of books that aren't real! Let's all be more worried over whats going on in our world, something that is real & should be more conserened about then our kids reading a book with some violence in it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (39 ):

WITCH AND WIZARD is too scary and violent for young readers, and not likely exciting or engaging enough for older teen readers. Patterson is known for his action-packed thrillers, but this one is hardly compelling. Whit and Wisty are likable, and the Allgood family dynamic is close and caring, but the teens soon learn that their parents kept many secrets from them, and there is no discussion of their duplicity or their motives. The military enforcers are portrayed as stupid, but how did The One Who Writes Decrees find enough stupid and willing soldiers to overthrow the entire world? And why in the world are these witches and wizards Wiccan?

There is no charm or whimsy, none of the fresh world building found in other popular fantasies of the past decade. There is nothing about this story that is new or thrilling. It makes an un-challenging, OK, light read. The most entertaining part is the list of "Especially Offensive Books That Have Been Banned" in the postscript.

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