Witch & Wizard

Author: James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Published By:
Little, Brown and Company

Reviewed by Dorothy Doremus


            Whitford and Wisteria Allgood are just like any other teenage brother and sister.  They are both in high school, popular and self-absorbed in their daily activities.  They have loving parents who have encouraged and taught them well.  Maybe too well.  You see, they are a witch and wizard as are their children. 

            One morning the kids home is overrun by a secret service known as “The New Order” and a snitch schoolmate.  Unbeknownst to Whit and Wisty, most of The New Order believe they are the chosen ones that will lead the children in an epic battle against the “One Who Is the One.” 

            Unfortunately, Whit and Wisty have no idea what is happening to them.  They are imprisoned at a former mental hospital and tortured.  Since they have no idea about their potential or this myth, they sit in prison many nights in disbelief.  That is, until Whit’s girlfriend, Cecilia, who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances, visits him in a dream and tells him about the myth they are involved in. 

            With Cecilia’s help, Whit and Wisty escape and eventually find themselves in a former luxury department store full of kids fighting the fight against The New Order.  Whit and Wisty also start to control their new found powers and when the kids from the department store inform them that their parents are being held close by, they jump at the chance to rescue them and save other kids that have been scheduled for execution by the “One Who Is the One.”

            James Patterson called this the novel he was born to write.  I cannot argue that point.  Witch & Wizard is packed with action and intrigue.  It leaves you with a lot of questions and it is the first novel of a larger series of novels to come.  I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and really hope you don’t pass up this fantastic read.  Despite the fact that it is found in the teenage section of the bookstore, this book appeals to people of all ages. 


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