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Witch & Wizard

A 2009 novel by James Patterson.

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This is a very weak tale even for children

  • Jan 11, 2010
The witch and wizard in this book are a fifteen year old girl and seventeen year old boy, a sister and brother, who discover that they have magical powers in a future world called NO. The government is repressing many personal freedoms, reminiscent of 1984, and wants to kill children because they are inquisitive and think for themselves, recalling The Lord of the Flies.
The writing provokes comparisons with Mickey Spillane, who insisted that his books be published without editing, and the Harry Potter and C. S. Lewis books that were written for children.
Patterson's story has quite a few references to the Bible, such as the evil ruler being called "The One Who Is The One," which reminds readers of God, who is called "I Am Who I Am" in the biblical book Exodus. A judge in the tale is called Ezekiel like the prophet with that name who criticized the Israelites. A character says, "Spare the rod," a biblical quote. A magical act by the girl against the rulers is called a "plague," like the plagues inflicted by Moses. Our witch and wizard rescue a large number of kids, who go through a line of vicious dogs unscathed, while the enemy soldiers who pursue them are killed by the dogs, just like the Israelites passing through the Red Sea, while the Egyptian were drowned. These are just a few of the biblical reminiscences.
There are other symbolic names in the tale. Our heroes' last name is "Allgood." Their first names are Whisteria and Whitford, which sound like names of nineteenth century Massachusetts witches. One evil person is named after the wild poet Byron.
There are attempts at humor. What nation would call itself NO?
However, despite all of this, the book is choppy. It seems to be written in simple language for children but doesn't reach the level of Harry Potter or C. S. Lewis. None of its references - such as biblical hints - are developed in any way. They are like stones dropped in a playground of sand. And the book is not exciting.
Worst of all, the tale does not end. The witch and wizard are about to be hanged. Will they be saved? We are told to read the forthcoming volume.

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Witch and Wizard is a novel by James Patterson with Gabrielle Charbonnet, released on December 14th, 2009. It chronicles the antics of Whit and Wisty in a dystopian future. In this book, Whit and Wisty are arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to execution during the uprising of a new totalitarian government named the New Order for unknowingly possessing magical abilities.


Grade 5–9—Wisty and Whit Allgood have magical powers, but they don't know it. At least they don't know until they are arrested by the guards of the New Order, which has just come to power. Their parents have always been into herbs and plants and predictions; they don't send their kids to typical schools, and when the teens are allowed to take only one item each to jail with them, they send a drumstick and a book with no words that are visible to the naked eye. The kids start to get an inkling of what they can do when Wisty bursts into flames when she gets angry, and before long she is turning people into creatures and conjuring tornadoes, and lightning bolts shoot from her hands. The bulk of the book takes place when Whit and Wisty are locked up in a reformatory where they are bullied by the guards. The chapters are only one to three pages in length and alternate between the two main characters' points of view. The action doesn't really pick up until the last third of the book, when the siblings make their escape. Readers expecting something akin to Patterson's ...
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ISBN-10: 0316036242
ISBN-13: 978-0316036245
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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