Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

View from the window seat:
Nita, hiding from bullies in the library, stumbles upon a book titled So You Want to Be a Wizard. Is it a joke or something more? Nita soon discovers that magic is real and she has the potential to be a wizard. Along with her friends Kit and Fred (a white hole), she has to retrieve a Book from an ancient evil.

This is old-school, MG fantasy at its best. I’ve always wanted to read this book, but for some reason or another always ended up passing it or putting it back when browsing the library’s shelves. I’m glad I finally picked it up. I loved the no-nonsense way that Nita and Kit become friends; Nita discovers Kit is a wizard and immediately helps him perform a spell. I loved how brave they both are when faced with loss and responsibility. Nita firsts thinks that wizardry is going to solve all her problems at school and sees it as something fun. As she discovers the darker side to magic, she still chooses to be a wizard even though she could walk away from it easily. What I liked most of all is that Nita and Kit realize that the evil they face may not be so completely evil at all, and they give him a chance to change. The best stories are the ones where the villains are complex and good versus evil isn’t so black-and-white.

Overall impression:
So You Want to Be a Wizard is a solid fantasy adventure filled with fun, emotion, and magic.


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