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SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD?
New York : Harcourt, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
Callahan ran into the library to escape. She knew that if Joanne and her
gang of bullies caught her they would beat her up. Thank goodness
the library was close by. Mrs. Lesser, the weekend librarian, was
an old friend of Nita’s. After all, Nita had been coming to library
forever! While Mrs. Lesser got rid of Joanne and company, Nita
browsed the books in the Children's Collection. She'd read them all…at
least that’s what she thought, until her finger caught on a book in the
section on careers. You know the ones: “So you want to be a nurse,”
“So you want to be a pilot,” or a writer or a scientist. But Nita had never
seen this one before. “So you want to be a wizard.” It must
be some kind of joke…at least that’s what Nita thought.
But wouldn’t it be great if it were true? The book said that
all she has to do is recite the Wizard’s Oath that was right there in the
book and then she could become a wizard. Nita would never have
to worry about those bullies again. She could put a spell on them
that would keep them away from her forever. But, the book cautioned:
becoming a wizard is a commitment for life. The universe, like everything
in it, is slowly dying. A wizard is bound to do whatever is possible to
prolong its life. Taking the oath is the beginning of awesome responsibility.
Nita is intrigued and so, she takes the oath:
“In Life’s name and for Life’s sake, I say that I will use the Art for
nothing but the service of that Life. I will guard growth and ease pain.
I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and
I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that
of the system of which it is part, are threatened. To these ends,
in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death
for life, when it is right to do so—till the Universe’s end.”
So it begins: Nita’s life as a wizard. There are wonderful things
about being a wizard, like keeping bullies at bay and having a conversation
with a tree. But there is also the awesome responsibility of saving
the world from unspeakable evil. Is a novice wizard up to the task?
She will have to be…
So You Want to Be a Wizard: the first in the Young Wizard Series By Diane
Duane. (Alice Brice, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Media Specialist, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden, SC)
Wizards -- Fiction.
Bullies -- Fiction.
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