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The Gift (Witch and Wizard Series #2)
     

The Gift (Witch and Wizard Series #2)

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by James Patterson, Ned Rust
 

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When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the

Overview

When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.

But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is "The One Who Has the Gift." While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty's suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one... The Execution of the Allgoods.

Editorial Reviews

LA Times
"Dialogue-heavy and action-packed, the writing throughout is inventive and colorfully detailed. Written in a conversational tone by Patterson and co-author Ned Rust, it's as if the reader's craziest best friend was recounting a wildly apocryphal tale, and doing so for about four hours, which is about how long it takes to read the book. It's easy to visualize the story, which may explain why movie rights to this series have already been snatched up."
San Francisco Book Review
"Chapter endings are suspenseful cliffhangers and urge even the most tentative reader to keep reading! We can expect more from this dynamic sibling team in the future."
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"Dialogue-heavy and action-packed, the writing throughout is inventive and colorfully detailed. Written in a conversational tone by Patterson and co-author Ned Rust, it's as if the reader's craziest best friend was recounting a wildly apocryphal tale, and doing so for about four hours, which is about how long it takes to read the book. It's easy to visualize the story, which may explain why movie rights to this series have already been snatched up."—LA Times"

Chapter endings are suspenseful cliffhangers and urge even the most tentative reader to keep reading! We can expect more from this dynamic sibling team in the future."—San Francisco Book Review

VOYA - Lona Trulove
The Resistance efforts of Wisteria Rose and Whitford P. Allgood against the New Order, a brutal totalitarian regime, continue in The Gift. Whit and Wisty find themselves at the head of the Resistance, trying to find and save their parents, who have been arrested for the practice of magic, and trying to restore freedom of reading, music, and creativity of all kinds while being chased, arrested, and punished by The One Who Is The One. Fortunately for Whit and Wisty, they have special powers that grow stronger as the story unfolds. Whit, Wisty, and the children of the Resistance face physical and emotional brutality, yet they are able to work together and fight against the evil and very powerful The One Who Is The One. Learning who to trust and who to fear becomes very difficult as they are attempting to understand exactly what the New Order ruler wants, why he wants it, and how far he is willing to go to get it. World control is within the grasp of this evil, powerful ruler with magic of his own—all he needs is the magic powers of Whit and Wisty. This is an action-filled story that contains some twists along the way. Whether Whit and Wisty are successful will depend on the next highly anticipated book in this series. Patterson and Rust send a very powerful message to children to believe in themselves, each other, and their own special talents. The allusions to books, artists, and music are an added bonus. The topics of children vs. adults, violence, magic, music, and romance make this an edgy novel sure to please many readers . . . boys and girls alike. Reviewer: Lona Trulove
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
In this sequel to Witch & Wizard, siblings Whit and Wisty Allgood find themselves on the run from a corrupt government that seeks to stamp out free speech and condemn young people to slave labor camps. To survive, the siblings join a secret youth resistance movement where their recently discovered magical powers prove useful in liberating kids from labor camps—yet as time goes on, Whit becomes more obsessed with finding his lost girlfriend and writing poetry, while Wisty spends much of her time pining over a drummer from a rock band. Indeed, while the book is ostensibly about young people fighting against an apocalyptic witch-hunting world, much of the time the characters come across as vapid slackers more intent on having fun than fighting the establishment. It does not help that most of the heroes are two-dimensional, over-idealized stereotypes (Whit is a former football star/homecoming king/poet), making them difficult to relate to, much less sympathize. Each chapter is alternately narrated by each sibling, allowing audio book performers Elijah Wood and Spencer Locke to take on the roles of Whit and Wisty—yet the book's dialogue and narration are so contrived and stilted that even these two capable actors are incapable of sustaining audience interest for very long. Ultimately, the audio book proves almost as painful to listen to as it the book was to read. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—In Witch & Wizard (Little, Brown, 2009), Whit and Wisty Allgood were taken from their family in the middle of the night, accused of witchcraft, and imprisoned by the corrupt government. This sequel picks up as Whit manages to save his captured sister from public execution. On the run from "The One Who Is The One" (the evil ruler of this apocalyptic world), the siblings' recently discovered magical powers are their only hope of finding their rebel cohorts and escaping capture and certain death. Once safe for the moment, Whit becomes preoccupied with finding his murdered girlfriend in the Shadowlands and jotting poetry/spells in his magic journal. Wisty practices her power of controlling fire while dabbling in an occasional musical performance and exploring a budding romance with the drummer of a popular rebel rock band. There is no real safe haven for these siblings, though, and they find themselves imprisoned once again by "The One" with only a would-be traitor holding their key to escape. The action is relentless and there are too many close calls to count in this supernatural suspense thriller. The narration alternates between brother and sister, which, particularly in these very short chapters, can be confusing. Patterson's trademark mastery of gruesome and terrifying imagery makes this otherwise dull tale come alive a bit as readers are whisked at breakneck speed toward a culmination with no resolution. This sequel can stand alone, but is unlikely to draw new readers into the series.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Whit and Wisty Allgood, sibling magic-users with amazingly unreliable powers, return to fight with their utterly expendable teen comrades against The One Who Is The One, dread master of the New Order, who hates the young and those with imagination (Witch & Wizard, 2009). Whit and Wisty carry out a mission and are betrayed. They are captured and escape. They run and are captured again. They try to save their parents (for naught), but spooky unknown forces save the teens who (obviously) live to fight again in the upcoming sequel. Fiction brand Patterson returns with a new "co-author," Rust, to pick up the story of the Allgoods, and what they offer is more nonsensical, inconsistent blather. There are no characters that even rise to the level of stereotypes and no genuine emotions in this embarrassing attempt at a "fantasy" series that insults both genre and audience at every turn. At worst, this reads like the ramblings of a just-waking-up toddler; at best, it reads like a Carol Burnett Sci-Fi sketch with all of the mugging and none of the laughs. A new low in children's publishing. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446562454
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Witch and Wizard Series , #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
187,173
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Witch & Wizard: The Gift


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036252

Book One

The Girl with The Gift

Chapter 1

Whit

LISTEN TO ME. We don’t have much time.

My name is Whit Allgood. I guess you’ve heard of me and my sister, Wisty, and of the crazy stuff that’s happened, but here’s the thing: it’s so much worse than you think it is.

Trust me when I tell you that these are the worst of times and that the best of times are little more than a distant memory. And no one seems to be paying attention to what’s going on. Are you?

Paying attention?

Imagine that all the things you love most in the world—and probably take for granted—are now banned. Your books, music, movies, art… all snatched away. Burned. That’s life under the New Order, the so-called government—or brutal totalitarian regime—that’s taken over this world. Now, with every waking breath, we have to fight for every freedom we have left. Even our imagination is at risk. Can you picture your government trying to destroy that? It’s inhuman.

And yet… they’re calling us criminals.

That’s right. Wisty and I are the offenders in that unhappy propaganda piece brought to you by the New Order. Our crime? Engaging in free thought and creativity.… Oh, and practicing the “dark and foul arts”—i.e., magic.

Did I lose you? Let me back up a bit.

One night not so long ago, my family was awakened by soldiers storming through our home. Wisty and I were cruelly torn from our parents and slammed into a prison—a death camp for kids. And for what?

They accused us of being a witch and a wizard.

But, the thing is, it turns out the N.O. was actually right about that: we didn’t know it at the time, but Wisty and I do have powers. Magic powers. And now we’re scheduled to be publicly executed, along with our parents.

That particular ghoulish event hasn’t taken place yet—though it will. I promise those of you who crave suspense, adventure, and bloodshed that you can look forward to it. And you will, if you’re anything like the rest of the brainwashed “citizenry” of our land.

But if you’re one of the few who’ve escaped the N.O.’s clutches, you need to hear my story. And Wisty’s story. And the story of the Resistance. So when we’re gone, there’s someone left to spread the word.

Someone to fight the good fight.

And so we begin with the story of another public execution: a sad and unfortunate event, an accident, as luck or fate would have it. In a phrase that I hate to use under any circumstances: a tragedy.



Continues...

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Meet the Author

James Patterson is the author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels and of bestselling detective series featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. His novels have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide. He lives in Florida.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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The Gift (Witch and Wizard Series #2)(The First 21 Chapters) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2319 reviews.
dianem24 More than 1 year ago
I am about 3/4 through this book and cannot put it down! It is great. A different type of book for James Patterson but has been a page turner just the same. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about the supernatural.
Balina More than 1 year ago
amazing book. Hard to put down. will buy the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this book you'll love the MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES it's awesome maybe even better than this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well pasted, action packed. Awesome writing good job paterson. Dont listen to bad reviews of this book in my perspective this book was awesome.
tammyne More than 1 year ago
I was able to read the first couple of chapters and I can't wait to finish the book. I know it will be an all nighter for me. James Patterson is a wonderful writer that keeps you involved with his characters. You feel their emotions and are a part of their world. Patterson makes reading enjoyable even for reluctant readers. This series, along with the Maximum Ride series, has helped get many teenagers back or start, into reading. Thanks James for helping install the love of reading back into our children.
DeafDogMom More than 1 year ago
I was wonderfully surprised at this entire series. A great read for teenage readers, I think it is a bit beyond my 8yr old. But well written characters and fast moving story line make it ideal for the more mature youngster and teens alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book in this trilogy is smart, romantic, action-packed, and magical. You get to see more of Whit's love life and how he is in love with 2 girls: one that he's loved for months that has gone to the shadow land and one who has caught his attention and can't get out of his head. Wisty starts to get better at magic and ends up getting a hair cut. With action, violence, romance, and magic, this is a great second book that has an unexpected twist to the end.
voice-of-reason More than 1 year ago
Patterson's foray into magical writing is a disappointing one in comparison to his other works. The story line falls drastically short and at parts he fails to remain on the same train of thought. His chapters jump around as much as his characters do. His word play on things we commonly are aware of today is cheesy such as, Stockwood (Woodstock)and Dustin Beeper (Justin Beiber). For a professional writer with so many other books of quality this book was a let down. Don't get me wrong, it's readable but if you notice sloppy writing easily you will find yourself very distracted!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mkk i agree with "Anonymous", if the book isn't out yet, you cant say it was like the first one!! I honestly cant wait for this book, James Patterson is an amazing plot writer and always has the best and brightest characters. This book is sure to be amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, the series, the author, all amazing! James Patterson has done it again, this time, for younger readers aged probably in between 10-14. I would definetly reccomend this book. Great job, James!!!!!
the_book-addict More than 1 year ago
I found that this book is much better than witch and wizard because it was more detailed and well paced, real page turner.
RuthieB75 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was great. I enjoyed the whit and humor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series EVER!!!!! I WISH THIS WAS ENDLESS!!! But, since it is not I guess it has to end somewhere. I WOULD PERFER THIS SERIES TO ANYBODY!!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!! AUTHOR PLEASE MAKE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS SERIES BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I was expecting a lot more out of this book. I loved the first one, but this one just didn't live up to my expectations. It was mostly the story development that I didn't like though, do here's to hoping the third book is more like the first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book for people who liked harry potter this is a book you should read!!
mel660 More than 1 year ago
This was actually in supposed to be in the teens section, but as a mature adult I actually picked this series and enjoyed it. Its an easy read and very enjoyable! Didn't know it was a teen read when I picked it, give it a try.
sebojr More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next book to find out what happens
hockey22 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book with magic and lots of action. I will definitely read the rest of the series and will next read the Maximum Ride series also by James Patterson. It was hard to put down and I was sad when I was done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. It kept my interest the whole time and every second something was happening that made the series even better!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the manga version... this books lacks goid events but is good in romance. But i have a question… did byron die???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loves the series - can't wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant stop reading it. Its this simple its truly amazing!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To whoever 'The_Master' is who wrote that review about it being the same as the original..... Are you psychic or something? Looking at the date, it is currently November 18th. The book comes out... Oh, let's see. DECEMBER 13th. Unless this person has insider info and has already read it, PLEASE DISREGARD HIS REVIEW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plz telif it is good or not because i have seen alot of interesting comments ! Thanks