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So You Want to Be A Wizard

Duane, Diane (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
Authors: Duane, Diane
Title: So you want to be a wizard
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,22 cm
Notes: Sequel: Deep wizardry
"Uptown local" previously published in "Dragons and Dreams" edited by Jane Yolen, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh, published by Harper & Row
"Features a new afterword and the Nita and Kit story 'Uptown local'"--Cover
"20th Anniversary ed."--Title page verso
Contents: Preliminary exercises
Research and development
Temporospatial claudications: use and abuse
Exocontinual protocols
Entropics: detection and avoidance
Contractual magic: an introduction
Major wizardries: termination and recovery
Timeheart
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
ISBN: 9780152049409
0152049401
9780152047382
0152047387
Statement of Responsibility: Diane Duane
Subject Headings: Fantasy Juvenile fiction Bullying Juvenile fiction Wizards Juvenile fiction Fantasy Bullies Fiction Wizards Fiction
Topical Term: Fantasy
Bullying
Wizards
Fantasy
Bullies
Wizards
LCCN: 2003007592
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Jul 23, 2014
  • Orange_Fox_31 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this is a great book!

Jun 20, 2013
  • blue_manatee_45 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is an amazing book- I recommend it to any fantasy book lovers

Feb 06, 2013
  • Ataraxya rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was very major when I was even younger, and it combined two genres I really loved - science fiction and fantasy. I especially loved it because it was about two awkward teenagers, outcasts, who grew into people who knew who they were.

Aug 15, 2012
  • OtteryStCatchpole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's an awesome book whether you like fantasy or science fiction since it manages to marry both in an awesome adventure story. Really cool characters and an amazing adventure. Beautifully written and the beginning of a great series of books still being written today.

Apr 28, 2012
  • lms rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm so glad this series has been re-issued! This is the first in the series. Writing comparable to L'Engle and a fascinating journey of young teens learning about and controlling magic.

Nov 05, 2011
  • crystal_dark rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really good and a great way to introduce the story and its characters.

Aug 28, 2010
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nita just wanted a place to hide from the bullies who were chasing her. She ended up in the children's section of the library, a place she knew intimately. So when a new book (entitled So You Want to Be a Wizard) catches her eye, she takes it home. This book is a how to guide that leads Nita into a series of adventures with talking trees, sentient cars and dimensional travel. She also learns about confidence, strength and how to really deal with bullies.

Written years before Harry Potter, is clearly an inspiration for Rowling like the works of LeGuin and others. Author Diane Duane has created a unique magic system that blends science and magic to the point that they believably coexist.

An easy, quick read, this book owes far more to science fiction than high fantasy, as Duane actually tries to explain the science behind the magic. This edition also includes a Nita and Kit short story that explores time travel further.

Nov 02, 2009
  • Iralob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thought the first few books in this series were great, but there came a point where the new books were boring and repetitive, there wasn't really any new material.

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Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a . . . books, a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist . . . a Writer. But his one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.
I don't belive this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious--and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn't . . . ?

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Nov 05, 2011
  • crystal_dark rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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