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Duane, Diane.
New York : Harcourt, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
ISBN 0152047387
Nita 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,, Media Specialist, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden, SC)
SUBJECTS:     Wizards -- Fiction.
                        Bullies -- Fiction.


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