Witch & Wizard – James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet



Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (12/14/09)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316036242
ISBN-13: 978-0316036245
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Wisteria and Whitney, a brother and sister who lead a normal life, or so they thought. Overnight a new national leader is born. The two heroes find themselves at odds with this leader. They’re also discovering that their life isn’t normal after all. Wist is a witch, and Whit is a wizard. Throughtout the course of the book, like with others in this genre, they’ll learn to harness their new powers.

I noticed this book had a lot of criticism’s on Amazon. I don’t think it was a bad story. I enjoyed it. Was it a deep, dark fantasy for adults, no. It was geared toward younger readers. There was nothing in it I could find (outside of magic) that parents would find themselves offended by. It was a little disconcerting the way the author kept switching from one person to the other in telling the story. If not for the name at the beginning of each chapter, I wouldn’t have been certain of who was talking. That style, to me made it seem as if it were one of those games that I used to play. The one where I would write one paragraph of a story, and then it was your turn, and back and forth. I’m not sure how much of this James Patterson wrote, or how much was written by Gabrielle Charbonnet. So that at times was a little distracting, because the tone didn’t change from character to character.

Overall though, I think it was a fun book. I’d say the age group is more geared towards 10/11 year olds, and 10/11 year olds that are reading at their level. I liked the story though, and the setting, and would myself go out and get the next book in the series.

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