Wizard's Hall

Wizard's Hall

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by Jane Yolen
     
 

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Poor Henry. It’s not enough that his mother has sent him away from home to learn magic. It’s not enough that everyone at his new school calls him Thornmallow because he’s “prickly on the outside, squishy within.” It’s not enough that the only talent he shows at Wizard’s Hall is an ability to make messes of even the… See more details below

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Poor Henry. It’s not enough that his mother has sent him away from home to learn magic. It’s not enough that everyone at his new school calls him Thornmallow because he’s “prickly on the outside, squishy within.” It’s not enough that the only talent he shows at Wizard’s Hall is an ability to make messes of even the simplest spells. Now, when Wizard’s Hall is threatened by a cruel sorcerer’s fearsome beast, it is up to Henry--er, Thornmallow--to figure out how to save not only his new friends but also the entire school for wizards.

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"Wizard’s Hall has it all: fairy-tale wonder, baffling mystery, captivating magic, edge-of-the-seat suspense, [and] wry humor....Captivating."—Publishers Weekly
"Yolen skillfully blends the traditions of fantasy and school story....Good, imaginative fun."—Kirkus Reviews
"Blends wizardry and enchantment in fluid, graceful prose."—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The instant Henry casually ``mentions wizardry to his dear ma,'' she packs him off to Wizard's Hall, with little more than a change of clothes and the advice that, whatever he might encounter, ``it only matters that you try.'' Once at Wizard's Hall, Henry discovers that his magical talents are at best limited, but that even so, he must fulfill an ancient prophecy and help overthrow a powerful, evil wizard. Although he wants to give up, Henry--now dubbed Thornmallow--perseveres and tries his hardest. Wizard's Hall has it all: fairy tale wonder, baffling mystery, captivating magic, edge-of-the-seat suspense, wry humor and a well-taught moral. This captivating package is neatly tied up by the marvelous bow of Yolen's ( Owl Moon ; Dove Isabeau ) masterful prose, with a few lilting verses thrown in. Ages 8-12. (May)
Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
This highly inventive fantasy tells the story of Henry, a seemingly unheroic figure, who saves Wizard Hall from the Beast. A new student at the Hall, the young boy with an ever-present smudge on his nose is called Thornmallow because he's "prickly on the outside, squishy within." It is, in fact, his unconventional reactions to situations and his willingness to try no matter how squishy he might feel inside that make him a standout student. For example, although he can't carry a tune, he surprises everyone when, with a little help from the teacher, his chant produces a rosebush atop an avalanche of snow right in the middle of spell class. As the 113th enrollee of the school, he ends up playing the star role in unraveling the quilted Beast created by a disgruntled wizard whose plan is to draw out the dark side of everyone and take over Wizard Hall. Part of the lesson learned in this adventure is how important words and their meanings are. Students should be enthralled by the similarities and the strange differences between normal schools and this place of enchantment. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- An experienced storyteller blends wizardry and enchantment in fluid, graceful prose. Young Thornmallow, ``prickly on the outside and squishy within,'' leaves his ``dear Ma'' and follows his smudgy nose to Wizard's Hall, where walls move, portraits talk, and clothes clean themselves. Disconcerted by the atmosphere of enchantment, Thornmallow nevertheless makes friends with his fellow apprentices; struggles with such classes as Cursing, Spelling, and Names; and ponders his destiny as the 113th student at Wizard's Hall. It is evident that he is inept and without talent, although he means well and he tries. Yet the Magisters welcome Thornmallow as their last hope to defeat the evil Master Nettle, who threatens Wizard's Hall with his terrifying Quilted Beast. While the happy ending is never in doubt, readers will share Thornmallow's surprise at the discovery of his own unique strengths. This school of wizardry is a jollier, warmer place than LeGuin's Roke Island in A Wizard of Earthsea (Parnassus, 1968) and less competitive than McCaffrey's Harper's Hall in Dragonsinger (Atheneum, 1977). Drawing familiar ingredients from the cauldron of story, Yolen serves up a light, palatable brew that will satisfy younger readers with a taste for entertaining fantasy. --Margaret A. Chang, Buxton School, Williamstown, MA

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ISBN-13:
9780152020859
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Edition description:
1ST MAGIC
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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