So You Want to Be A Wizard

So You Want to Be A Wizard

Book - 1992
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 1992.
ISBN: 9780440406389
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 20 cm.


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Jun 30, 2019

I was so sad when I finished this book because it is THE BEST. It’s great if you like fantasy but also if you like sci-fi. I would recommend it to everyone.

Dec 08, 2015

why is book two on order but they have books 4 and 8 and 9?

Jan 26, 2015

Young Wizards: Book 1

Nita and Kit come into their wizardry. They fight the Lone One in an alternate dimension and give the Good Book back to The Powers. Somewhat suspenseful, good characters, interesting sci-fi

Orange_Fox_31 Jul 23, 2014

this is a great book!

Jun 20, 2013

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

Feb 06, 2013

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

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.

lms Apr 28, 2012

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.

crystal_dark Nov 05, 2011

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

jessiep4 Aug 22, 2011

What a great adventure story! Nita will have you under her spell from the get-go!

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Jul 30, 2020

Two thirteen year olds, lonely and bullied, stumble upon magic and hope to use it to ward off their persecutors. However, they soon find that it’s much more than that. Written in 1983 by Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard is the first book in the series Young Wizards, consisting of ten books in total. This novel follows the lives of Kit and Nita as they navigate a world filled with magic. One day, Nita Callahan discovers a book titled So You Want to Be a Wizard. Though originally disregarding it as a joke, she takes the Wizard’s Oath. However, on the way back home, Nita’s tormentors Joanne and her friends bully her and steal her favorite pen. Later, she meets Kit, a fellow wizard, and a simple pen retrieval spell leads them on an adventure filled with risks and dangers as they fight against the Lone Power. Along the way they’ll meet friends and foes, all of whom play an important role in this beautifully woven tale.
In all honesty, I wish I had discovered this book before. So You Want to Be a Wizard sparked my imagination, something I don’t use as often nowadays, and brought back nostalgic memories of the several Harry Potter and Star Wars movie marathons I had in an attempt to become a wizard. To say that there was something that I disliked in this masterpiece would be a lie. Along the way, I found myself falling in love with Nita’s character. The more I read, the more I saw myself in her. As a thirteen year old and an avid reader, I could relate to her on a personal level. An instance of this would be our shared view on libraries. “...a little brown-brick building with windows warmly alight — refuge, safety, sanctuary. The library.” Since keeping this great find to myself would be entirely selfish on my part, I whole-heartedly recommend this novel to others. I myself have started Deep Wizardry, the next title in this series, because as Diane Duane says, “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

Age Rating: 10 years or older
Star Rating: 4.5/5
- Anusha Upadhyayula

Jul 07, 2014

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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crystal_dark Nov 05, 2011

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”


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