A Wizard Abroad: The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series

A Wizard Abroad: The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series

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by Diane Duane
     
 

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To give Nita a vacation from magic, Nita's parents pack her off for a month-long stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Ireland is even more steeped in magical doings than the United States, and Nita soon finds herself and a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare Ireland-a realm where humankind is the stuff of tales and storybooks, and where

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To give Nita a vacation from magic, Nita's parents pack her off for a month-long stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Ireland is even more steeped in magical doings than the United States, and Nita soon finds herself and a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare Ireland-a realm where humankind is the stuff of tales and storybooks, and where the legends and monsters of the country's mythology are a deadly reality. 4-3/16 X 6-7/8.

Author Biography: Diane Duane is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including four other books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Ms. Duane lives in rural Ireland.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book continues the story of the young wizard, Nita, as her parents ship her off to Ireland to visit her Aunt Annie (and to get her away from her partner Kit, whose attentions seem too intense). Ireland isn't at all what Nita expected, with all the ghosts, and with a young cat who knows too much about the far distant past. Everything Nita sees is fascinating, and the history of Ireland soon captivates her. But soon she is linked with a group of Irish wizards fighting for their lives with an nightmare-Ireland's demons, legends, monsters-that is all too real.
Clearly fifteen year-old Nita's parents don't fully grasp what it means for their two daughters to be wizards. Misunderstanding the nature and intensity of Nita's relationship with Kit, her wizard partner, they bundle their daughter off to Ireland to spend the summer with her father's sister, Aunt Annie, unaware that the trip actually fulfills a much larger purpose than their own, and also that wizardy runs in the family. While in Ireland, Nita goes "on call" and is summoned to use her powers together with those of a group of Irish wizards to do battle with malevolent forces which, unchecked, would pull Ireland, Europe, and in fact, Earth itself into a time-space void where barriers between past and present, the physical and nonphysical, break down and dark chaos rules. Batttles with the Formori (the early monster of Ireland) and the king, Balor of the Evil Eye, and the conversations with Tualha, the cat-bard, play easily alongside the everyday realism of contemporary rural Irish life. This well written book, fourth in Duane's Wizardy series, moves quickly and will undoubtedly please wizardy fans that have outgrown Harry Potter. Genre: Wizardy/ Fantasy. 1999, Harcourt Brace, 339 pp., $6.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Peter E. Morgan; Carrollton, Georgia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152012090
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/15/1997
Series:
Young Wizards Series, #4
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x (d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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Shannon

She went out through the little concrete yard to the front of the house, where the front door was open, as Aunt Annie had told her it almost always was, except when everyone had gone to bed. Her aunt was in the big quarry-tiled kitchen making a cup of tea.

"So there you are!" she said. "Did you sleep well? Do you want a cuppa?"

"What? Oh, right. Yes, please," Nita said, and sat down in one of the chairs drawn up around the big blond wood table. One of Aunt Annie's cats, a black-and-white creature, jumped onto her lap: She had forgotten its name too, in the general blur of her arrival. "Hi there," she said to it, stroking it.

"Milk? Sugar?"

"Just sugar, please," Nita said. "Aunt Annie, who were those people out there with the horses?"

Her aunt looked at her. "People with the horses? All the staff have gone home. At least I thought they did."

"No, I heard them. The hooves were right outside my door, but when I looked, they'd gone away. Didn't take them long," she added.

Aunt Annie looked at her again as she came over and put Nita's teacup down. Her expression was rather different this time. "Oh," she said. "You mean the ghosts."

Nita stared.

"Welcome to Ireland," said her aunt.

Copyright © 1993 by Diane Duane

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Requests for permission to make copies of any part of the work should be mailed to the following address:

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Meet the Author


Diane Duane is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including four other books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Ms. Duane lives in rural Ireland.

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A Wizard Abroad (So You Want to Be a Wizard Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
MangaFanatic7000 More than 1 year ago
I love this fiction series! I like how she based the wizardry around an irish culture, adding splashes of Nita, Darine, and Kit's wizardry in throught the book and tying it up at the ending with a small opening to where she was able to right her 5th book! I also would say the involment of the newer character's (Aunt annie, Johny, Doris, and Ronan) roles and actions toward the plot mixed in very well and explained who they were, what their purpose was, and even relationship throught the story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another tale from storyteller Diane Duane, this great story combines Irish and Celtic mythology and culture with her unique brand of magic to tell Nita's newest tale. With the mythical monster Balor threatening the wizards of Ireland, Nita and her aunt are called to work with other wizards to use the four treasures of Ireland to stop him. Kit, who was supposed to stay behind in the States, manages to loophole his way into joining them. With excitement, mythology, magic, friendship, and a slight romance for Nita, this book is another masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 1,2,and 3 from this series before and I think this is the best one yet!! Just by reading this book I can't wait to get the chance to go to Ireland. The second I finished this book I ran the the bookstore to buy the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It explores wizardry in a whole new way. It incorporated traditional Celtic mythology. Which I am all for. Couldn't have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is, in my opinion, the best book of the series. I loved the characters and the plot, that are different in this book but keeping to the theme. Loved It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read! all the other ones were great but this was my favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings about the realities of being both a teenager and a wizard. Nita's parents aren't pleased with some of the choices she's made, so they decide to send her to Ireland for her to get a perspective of things. On the other hand, Nita also realizes that her life as a wizard means that she doesn't really get much time off. She's immediately called to handle a huge and ancient problem during her stay. This is Nita's most challenging and most adventurous mission to date. I can't wait to read the new ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best book in the series so far, though I haven't read the newest one yet(A Wizards Holiday).In 'A Wizard Abroad' Nita's parents send her to visit her aunt in Ireland to have a break from her partner Kit. I hope I get the seventh book soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book. i read it first and it was kinda hard 2 under stand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Nita is sent to Ireland to visit her Aunt. At first, Nita doesn't know her Aunt is a wizard, but she soon finds out. Her Aunt, other wizards in the area, and she herself unite to fight the LONE POWER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great for my child, she enjoyed it very much, and i urge everyone to buy this book and read it to their children, i personally loved it, and my daughter liked it even more. Thank you for writing such a spectacular book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awsome and goes well with Irelands myths and ledgends. Also Ms. Duane keeps suprises me every time she puts out a new book, and I bet she'll keep making better books every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During this book, Nita is sent to Ireland for the summer. While she is there she finds that there are ancient problems going on and she has to help. Though her parents meant this vacation to take Nita away from magic, they take her even closer.