Diane Duane is the author of more then twenty science fiction and
fantasy novels, including four other books in the Young Wizards
series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times
bestsellers. Ms. Duane lives in rural Ireland.
Gr 5-8-Bookish and passive, 13-year-old Nita is the perfect target for the neighborhood bully. Taking refuge in her beloved public library one afternoon, Nita stumbles across an odd little book titled So You Want to Be a Wizard. Intrigued, she discovers that it is not a work of fantasy but an actual manual of spells and secrets for those brave enough to take the oath and become a wizard. Curious but hesitant, Nita decides to try a spell when she realizes that her NASA pen was stolen by the bully. Her simple desire to have her special pen returned turns into a complicated, dangerous quest involving a colorful cast of character, including unlikely fellow wizards and a star named Fred. Reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time, this finely-crafted blend of science fiction and fantasy by Diane Duane (Harcourt, pap. 1996) will delight listeners who will identify with Nita. Even those who are not fantasy or science fiction fans will find themselves pulled into an increasingly complicated yet fascinating plot. Reader Christina Moore adeptly portrays a variety of voices including the subtle Hispanic accent of Nita's friend Kit and an hilarious Brooklyn accent.-Susan McCaffrey, Haslett High School, MI
As two young wizards embark on a mission to preserve the universe they encounter an eerie version of Manhattan. Ages 10-up. (June)