The Gift (Witch and Wizard Series #2)

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Ever since Whit and Wisty Allgood were cruelly torn from their home and family in the middle of the night, the soldiers of a brutal totalitarian government have relentlessly tried to capture and execute them for "collusion, conspiracy, and experimentation with the dark and foul arts." But this increasingly skilled witch and wizard have boldly spearheaded the fight against the wicked regime of the New Order and its systematic destruction of music, art, books, and imagination. Now the villainous leader of the New ...

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Overview

Ever since Whit and Wisty Allgood were cruelly torn from their home and family in the middle of the night, the soldiers of a brutal totalitarian government have relentlessly tried to capture and execute them for "collusion, conspiracy, and experimentation with the dark and foul arts." But this increasingly skilled witch and wizard have boldly spearheaded the fight against the wicked regime of the New Order and its systematic destruction of music, art, books, and imagination. Now the villainous leader of the New Order is just a breath away from the ability to control the forces of nature and to manipulate his citizens on the most profound level imaginable—through their minds. There is only one more thing he needs to triumph in his evil quest: the Gifts of Whit and Wisty Allgood. And he will stop at nothing to seize them.

In this second installment of James Patterson's epic Witch & Wizard series, Whit and Wisty's heart-pounding adventures through the Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion.

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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."
From the Publisher
"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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316038355
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Witch and Wizard Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 38,453
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES PATTERSON was selected by teens across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels, the Witch & Wizard series (which was nominated for the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards), the Daniel X series, Med Head, and the detective series featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. His books have sold more than 205 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Ned Rust lives in Croton, NY, with his family. He has also collaborated with James Patterson on Daniel X: Watch the Skies and Witch & Wizard: The Gift.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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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...

Excerpted from Witch & Wizard: The Gift by Patterson, James Copyright © 2010 by Patterson, James. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    Love it

    amazing book. Hard to put down. will buy the next.

    41 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Page Turner!

    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.

    35 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    REALLY GOOD!!!!!!!!!

    If you like this book you'll love the MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES it's awesome maybe even better than this series.

    20 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    A plot driven mess

    There is little to no character growth in these book. We learn little about the inner workings of these characters, instead all we get are reactions to plot devices. Skip this book if you care about characters and complex writing and themes.

    17 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Highly Recommend preorder you copy now

    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.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    Mehhh...

    This book is really Witch & Wizard all over again: there's not that much changed in the way of plot, characterization or, well, anything (unlike, say, the Hunger Games trilogy, which does have some set pieces but you do see character growth and a story arc). It's definitely out of the Patterson factory and suffers from the formula. The ending is disappointing... too many twists in the last chapter before the real conclusion.

    7 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Awesome book

    Well pasted, action packed. Awesome writing good job paterson. Dont listen to bad reviews of this book in my perspective this book was awesome.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    A bit disappointing.

    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!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    I cant wait!!

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Wonderfully surprised!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

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    What the heck? (The book is awesome)

    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!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Great second book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Meh

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Never went anywhere

    I felt that this book never went anywhere. I enjoyed the first one but this one seemed to be much of the same. It seemed to begin and end at the same place with no character or plot development in between. Not sure I could wade through the next one.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome book!!!

    I cant stop reading it. Its this simple its truly amazing!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Favorite James Patterson series!

    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!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Question

    I read the manga version... this books lacks goid events but is good in romance. But i have a question… did byron die???

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    J

    Amazing book i wush it would never end

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Greatest

    Greatest book ever

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Good Series

    loves the series - can't wait for the next book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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