Duane, Diane A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards)
Harcourt Brace/Houghton Mifflin 2010 550p 18.00
978-0-15-204770-2 ms/hs Fantasy E-BN
In this ninth book in the Young Wizards series, Nita and Kit return to that most special place in Kit’s heart: Mars. Always fascinated by the Red Planet, Kit has been invited to join the team that has found the Martian version of a “message in the bottle.”
Amazingly there is life on the Red Planet after all. In this ninth book in the Young Wizards series, Nita and Kit return to that most special place in Kit’s heart: Mars. Always fascinated by the fourth planet, Kit has been invited to join the team that has found the Martian version of a “message in the bottle.” As the universe’s wizards work together to decipher the information and discover just what actually happened to these long-lost beings of Mars, unexpected magic begins to unfold. Life forms from the distant past appear and their political problems might lead to an interplanetary war that will overwhelm both Mars and the Earth. Kit becomes drawn into the conflict through his empathetic connection to one of the Martian wizards and is subsumed into the Martian’s personality. Nita has to fight to remain aware of the differences between the two and figure out how to rescue Kit and save the Earth. The two teens, who have always had a close relationship, find strength in each other and the ability to overcome adversity.
Well-plotted, filled with interesting three-dimensional characters and sparkling dialogue, this new addition will grab the reader from the first page. It combines the best of magic and wizardry with science to produce a new and ever-changing universe that is populated by sentient beings of every kind. The interwoven threads from past adventures offer the promise of yet another sterling addition to the series.
Highly recommended for all middle and high school libraries. A must purchase where fantasy and science fiction readers abound. Ogintz, Susan Fantas, Mars