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Gr 5-8-Harry Potter fans will enjoy this third book in Diane Duane's Wizardry series (Delacorte, pap. 1997) which includes So You Want to Be a Wizard (Harcourt, pap. 1996), Deep Wizardry (Harcourt, pap. 1996), and A Wizard Abroad (Harcourt, 1997). Narrator Christina Moore does a fine job, changing voice and pitch to match the characters in the book. Young wizards Nita and her friend, Kit, must try to save Nita's younger sister, Darine, from a dark power called the Lone One, when she begins experimenting with her new found wizard skills. The sixth tape is an interesting interview with the author. With the current interest in Harry Potter, this is another series in the same genre that will appeal to youngsters.-Kay Stith, Manhattan USD 383, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

This continuation of the escapades of teenage wizards Nita and Kit centers on Nita's little sister, Dairine, whom Nita thinks is simply too smart for her own good. But when the family PC clones itself and suggests Dairine go to New York, Nita and Kit go along as chaperones, determined to keep her out of trouble. But they're too late: Dairine has read the book of wizardry and is on her wizard's test. There's nothing that the two girls can do to help her, as she must complete the difficult and dangerous test by herself. Duane is tops in the high adventure business, and her latest offering is no exception. Deftly pairing comic and sensitive scenes, this rollicking yarn will delight readers as they watch Dairine's transformation from pesky kid sister to strong-willed heroine. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)

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