Teen Pick: Witch and Wizard

Reviewed by: Sarah K (8th grade) for Writer's Block

The book Witch and Wizard by James Patterson attracted me for many reasons. The excerpt from the book on the back cover appealed to me, it was exciting and made me want to read more. James Patterson is also one of my favorite authors, and his quote,"This is the story I was born to tell. Read on, while you still can..." compelled me to read also.

My initial reaction for this book was that it was a good, exciting book that tells of two siblings, Wisteria and Whitman Allgood. As the story progresses, you discover they are both witch and wizard, hence the title. They uncover the powers as the book progresses, and they fight to rescue their parents from the New Order, a government that obviously doesn't have the people as a first priority.

I really like this book because it has loveable characters; Wisty, who is a rule-breaker, and Whit, who is perfect. I also liked how each chapter is from either Wisty or Whit's perspective.

If I owned this book, I would definitely read it again. I would recommend it to someone who likes fantasy-adventure.

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Staff Pick: The Black Book of Secrets

The Black Book of Secrets
(The Sinister City series Bk #1)
By: F.E. Higgins*

Are you a fan of The Last Apprentice series or Harry Potter? Try picking up The Black Book of Secrets. The Black Book of Secrets is dark, mysterious and a complete page turner. On the very first page we meet the main character, Ludlow Fitch, waking up to find his mother, father and the horrible tooth surgeon, Mr. Gumbroot, trying to strap him down in a dental chair in order to pull out his teeth to sell for money. Ludlow narrowly escapes and runs away to the safe and quiet little town of Pagus Parvus...

... But things are not quite what they seem and the people of Pagus Parvus each have their own dark secrets. This book will keep you hooked until the very last page, a must read for grades 6 & up. Reviewed by: Michelle  

*Also check these other titles in The Sinister City series: The Bone Magician, & The Eyeball Collector.