The Wizard's Map (Tartan Magic Series #1)

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Welcome to Scotland, where magic runs through the land like the stripes in the colorful Scottish tartans. Everyone and everything here, it seems, has some wizardry—old folks at rest homes, dusty old card games, even cowardly dogs. The only ones without magic are American twins Jennifer and Peter, and they're the ones who need it most. 5 X 7-1/2.

Author Biography: Jane Yolen has written more than 200 books for children and adults, including the ...

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Overview

Welcome to Scotland, where magic runs through the land like the stripes in the colorful Scottish tartans. Everyone and everything here, it seems, has some wizardry—old folks at rest homes, dusty old card games, even cowardly dogs. The only ones without magic are American twins Jennifer and Peter, and they're the ones who need it most. 5 X 7-1/2.

Author Biography: Jane Yolen has written more than 200 books for children and adults, including the three volumes that make up the Young Merlin Trilogy: Passager, Hobby, and Merlin.

Among her other critically acclaimed novels are Wizard's Hall and The Devil's Arithmetic.

She has won the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, the Kerlan Award, as well as several of the highest awards in children's literature. She and her husband divide their time between homes in western Massachusetts and Scotland.

Three children visiting relatives in Scotland become involved in the plans of a diabolical wizard.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
The five members of the Dyer family are spending their summer vacation visiting mom's relatives in Scotland. Approaching the ancestral Douglas home, a warm greeting is followed by many days of suspicious, unexplainable, and eerie events. The finding of a mysterious map in the attic one rainy day calls forth Michael Scot, a feared 700-year old wizard. Riddles, card games, enchantments, and the power of a pure heart are the keys to his defeat.
KLIATT
Yolen has once again given us a fine new series of fantasy stories. Set in Scotland and populated by American children and Scottish family members, the story includes an old wizard and a member of the oldest race in Scotland. The wizard in The Wizard's Map is bent on regaining his power and rule over the land but twins Jennifer and Peter work together to stop him. In The Pictish Child, Jennifer discovers she has more magical power than she thought and must use it to return a child to her rightful place in time. These books may appeal more to girls than boys because Jennifer is more powerful than her twin brother in these first two books. Perhaps Peter will come into his power in the third one. I found these stories to be a quick and enjoyable read. They don't have to be read in order but references to previous characters will make better sense if they are. If I could only buy just one, I would buy the first one—it felt more magical. (Tartan Magic series #1).. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1999, Harcourt, 146p.,
— Stacey Conrad
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Solidly rational 13-year-old American twins Jennifer and Peter are dragged to Scotland by their parents to spend the summer with elderly relatives. From the moment they arrive, they find themselves enmeshed in the workings of ancient magic. Exploring the cottage's small walled garden on her very first evening, Jennifer becomes lost in an impossibly large woods. Investigating the attic the next day, the twins discover an old Patience game, and Peter is amazed when a hand that he has begun is mysteriously completed. When their four-year-old sister, Molly, finds an antique map, Gran tells them about its owner, an evil wizard named Michael Scot. Before long, the wizard appears and abducts Molly. The adults disappear soon after. Peter is captured and Jennifer is left alone to rescue her family from the evil magic. She succeeds with the help of a dragon, a dog, and a unicorn that she frees from a magic spell. The setting and characters are described cursorily, and loose ends abound. Michael Scot takes possession of Peter from time to time, but his reasons for picking Peter and his goals are never made clear. However, the action moves swiftly and young readers may well be too busy following the story to care.-Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Regina Lynn Preciado
Once again, this master storyteller weaves humour, intelligence, and life lessons into a beautifully crafted yarn...The Wizard's Map explores loyalty, love, and courage.
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"Yolen's engaging fantasy is reminiscent of Susan Cooper's The Boggart in tone and style. . . . The action never flags, making this a sure bet for fantasy and adventure fans."—Booklist
"Once again, this master storyteller weaves humor, intelligence, and life lessons into a beautifully crafted yarn."—SF Site (www.sfsite.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442055476
  • Publisher: Baker & Taylor, CATS
  • Publication date: 5/21/2009
  • Series: Tartan Magic Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written hundreds of books for adults and children and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Good

    It was a good book, and not a waste of time. If your looking for a book you can finish in a couple of hours, that has a pretty simplistic plot, you would like this. I am a teenager, and I enjoyed the book, but I think a sixth grader would like it better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    This Book Could Win A Marathon

    Though fairly enjoyable, the author RUSHED the story to a near-sensless manner. Multiple events start then finish without much meaning or purpose and lacks description. Most happenings in the story occur by mere chance, hardly anything could be reasonably predicted before hand. The most annoying aspect of this book lies in its severe flaw of never clearly explaining a few moderate events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    A Disappointment

    This book failed to move me. The plot was interesting enough, but the writing was poor and many of the parts lacked detail. The ending tore the whole thing apart.

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