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Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard Series #1)

Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard Series #1)

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by James Patterson

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The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress


The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Patterson (the Maximum Ride books) and Charbonnet launch a new series about political and cultural oppression, which suffers from some questionable storytelling choices. Ordinary teenagers Whit and Wisty are taken from their house by representatives of the oppressive “New Order.” Accused of being a wizard and a witch, they're thrown in a dank prison to await execution. While there they begin to master previously unknown powers and, thanks to some otherworldly help, they manage to escape and are united with the resistance movement. The authors rely on coincidence and plot holes—each teen is allowed to bring one possession into the otherwise barbaric jail, and thus end up with magical implements. The story is further undercut by frequent recapping and short chapters, alternately narrated by the siblings, which break up the narrative for no perceivable reason. There's some fun world-building, including a stream of thinly disguised pop culture references in Wisty and Whit's alternate world (from the books of Gary Blotter to the artist Margie O'Greeffe), but even these are inconsistent (their world also includes Red Bull and the adjective Dickensian) and come across as groaners. Ages 10-up. (Dec.)
VOYA - Laura Lehner
Brother and sister Whit and Wisty awaken one morning to the sound of soldiers marching down the street and straight up to their house. Within seconds, the door is in splinters and the dumbfounded family is rounded up. Wisty, in her struggle to get away, suddenly bursts into flames, injuring the soldiers around her. When the flames subside, the two teenagers are shoved into a van and driven away as their devastated parents watch. So begin the Allgood family's troubles with the New Order—a military-type new government that is rounding up kids who are suspected of having special powers. Whit and Wisty are informed at their trial that they are a wizard and a witch, and they are sentenced to death. They had no idea. The ensuing escapade features torture, beginner magic, daring escapes, a prophecy, rats, ghosts, and forever running from the leader of the New Order—The One Who Is The One. This first volume of a planned series sets the scene well, building a world of hidden realities and following the protagonists as they learn to use their magical powers. Readers will hope that the many unanswered questions will be addressed in subsequent volumes. The only problem here is the tone of the piece—written in the first person in alternating chapters between wise-cracking Whit and back-talking Wisty. Readers never get the feeling that these are real youth in danger. More interesting elements of this new world order are not well-developed, but young Patterson fans will be thrilled to jump into this new adventure. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
Kirkus Reviews
In a parallel world, a new political party, the New Order, has come to power. Its leader, The One Who Is The One, hates children, those with imagination and magic users. Unbeknownst to teenage siblings Wisteria and Whitford Allgood, they are powerful magic users. The New Order arrests, imprisons, tests, tortures and sentences them to death. Thankfully, they're rescued by the teen resistance to fight another day for the good of all levels of reality, as they must survive to fulfill a great prophecy. In a series of mercifully short chapters narrated by two indistinguishable teens, megaseller Patterson, with co-author Charbonnet in tow, kicks off his latest series for younger audiences with a completely derivative blast of capital letters and exclamation points. The dialogue rings as true as a plastic bell, and the scant prose is so purple it's ultraviolet. Flimsy characters are slammed around a plot that lacks any internal logic. No cliche is left unused in this insulting-to-its-audience, nonsensical flapdoodle. You'll have to purchase it due to the ad campaign and author-branding, just don't invest too heavily-save your dollars for better. (Fantasy. 10-14)
USA Today

"Fights and flights are non-stop in Maximum Ride. The writing is visual and cinematic--things that kids expect from their video games, TV cartoon shows and action movies."

Cathy, Bookseller - Blue Willow Bookshop
"Patterson is not just for adults anymore. With the Maximum Ride series he has created edgy, taut thrillers that teens won't be able to put down. The characters are easy to identify with and I can't wait to see what happens to Max and her family next!"
From the Publisher

Fights and flights are non-stop in Maximum Ride. The writing is visual and cinematic—things that kids expect from their video games, TV cartoon shows and action movies."
USA Today"

Patterson is not just for adults anymore. With the Maximum Ride series he has created edgy, taut thrillers that teens won't be able to put down. The characters are easy to identify with and I can't wait to see what happens to Max and her family next!"—Cathy, Bookseller, Blue Willow Bookshop

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
After being arrested at home in the dead of night, high school age siblings Wisty and Whit enter a Kafkaesque nightmare of imprisonment, deprivation, and brutality. Officials in the New Order (N.O.) accuse the duo of being a witch and a wizard. Until their arrest, the siblings did not know that they had special powers. The New Order is run by a Hitler-type known as "The One Who Is the One." Along the way Wisty and Whit have the very bad fortune to also meet The One Who Judges, The One In Command, The One Who Imprisons, and so forth and so on. Although the sibling duo escape their horrible fate, brutality and sadism is alive and well in the New Order. During their journey they connect with Celia, Whit's girlfriend, who had gone missing without a trace. She now resurfaces as a spirit from Shadowland, described as "its own dimension of reality." Shadowland, which is dangerous for humans, is filled with "half-lights" and "lost ones." Portals connect the two worlds. Wisty and Whit tell the story in alternating chapters. Despite the shock and awe of this new dark world, they remain steadfast in their goal of reuniting with their parents. The dialogue and story line are fast paced and the tone is breezy at times, but much is predictable in this tale. The story succeeds in a formulaic way; it is suspenseful but does not feel fresh. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Wisty and Whit Allgood have magical powers, but they don't know it. At least they don't know until they are arrested by the guards of the New Order, which has just come to power. Their parents have always been into herbs and plants and predictions; they don't send their kids to typical schools, and when the teens are allowed to take only one item each to jail with them, they send a drumstick and a book with no words that are visible to the naked eye. The kids start to get an inkling of what they can do when Wisty bursts into flames when she gets angry, and before long she is turning people into creatures and conjuring tornadoes, and lightning bolts shoot from her hands. The bulk of the book takes place when Whit and Wisty are locked up in a reformatory where they are bullied by the guards. The chapters are only one to three pages in length and alternate between the two main characters' points of view. The action doesn't really pick up until the last third of the book, when the siblings make their escape. Readers expecting something akin to Patterson's "Maximum Ride" series (Little, Brown) are bound to be disappointed, but the groundwork is set for subsequent volumes that might make wading through the first one worthwhile.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

Product Details

Young Arrow
Publication date:
Witch and Wizard Series , #1
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Witch & Wizard

By Patterson, James

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2011 Patterson, James All right reserved.
ISBN: 9780446562430




IT’S OVERWHELMING. A city’s worth of angry faces staring at me like I’m a wicked criminal—which, I promise you, I’m not. The stadium is filled to capacity—past capacity. People are standing in the aisles, the stairwells, on the concrete ramparts, and a few extra thousand are camped out on the playing field. There are no football teams here today. They wouldn’t be able to get out of the locker-room tunnels if they tried.

This total abomination is being broadcast on TV and the Internet too. All the useless magazines are here, and the useless newspapers. Yep, I see cameramen in elevated roosts at intervals around the stadium.

There’s even one of those remote-controlled cameras that runs around on wires above the field. There it is—hovering just in front of the stage, bobbing slightly in the breeze.

So there are undoubtedly millions more eyes watching than I can see. But it’s the ones here in the stadium that are breaking my heart. To be confronted with tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of curious, uncaring, or at least indifferent, faces… talk about frightening.

And there are no moist eyes, never mind tears.

No words of protest.

No stomping feet.

No fists raised in solidarity.

No inkling that anybody’s even thinking of surging forward, breaking through the security cordon, and carrying my family to safety.

Clearly, this is not a good day for us Allgoods.

In fact, as the countdown ticker flashes on the giant video screens at either end of the stadium, it’s looking like this will be our last day.

It’s a point driven home by the very tall, bald man up in the tower they’ve erected midfield—he looks like a cross between a Supreme Court chief justice and Ming the Merciless. I know who he is. I’ve actually met him. He’s The One Who Is The One.

Directly behind his Oneness is a huge N.O. banner—THE NEW ORDER.

And then the crowd begins to chant, almost sing, “The One Who Is The One! The One Who Is The One!”

Imperiously, The One raises his hand, and his hooded lackeys on the stage push us forward, at least as far as the ropes around our necks will allow.

I see my brother, Whit, handsome and brave, looking down at the platform mechanism. Calculating if there’s any way to jam it, some means of keeping it from unlatching and dropping us to our neck-snapping deaths. Wondering if there’s a last-minute way out of this.

I see my mother crying quietly. Not for herself, of course, but for Whit and me.

I see my father, his tall frame stooped with resignation, smiling at me and my brother—trying to keep our spirits up, reminding us that there’s no point in being miserable in our last moments on this planet.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m supposed to be providing an introduction here, not the details of our public execution.

So let’s go back a bit….


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Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4109 reviews.
Balina More than 1 year ago
The book is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading it from start to finish. Anyone who loves to read about witches or wizards, should try it.
KatieBaby101 More than 1 year ago
This to me is a five star book! If you enjoy fantasy, witchcraft, tragic love stories, twists, turns and, an ending that leaves you speechless, this is the book for you! This is a fantasy book about two kids who grew up thinking they were normal kids with over strange, hippie parents. This all changed on day when the siblings are put under trail for using witchcraft. The kids are left in the worst situation or their lives but all changes when they figure out, they in fact aren't normal. Whitney and Wisteria Allgood take you on an adventure with plenty of twists and turns. The ending starts the beginning and the beginning starts the end. This is an amazing book, great for teens and adults. This book is good for anyone, even those who don't particularly enjoy fantasy. Somehow, in the middle of all this wreck, there's a messed up love story and a tale about a girl who thought little of herself. It definitely had me wanting to read and not stop. It seems the only bad part about this book for me was: it was hard to follow at times but, it was worth it and everything got explained further on in the story. Overall, I'd recommend this book to everyone! It's a must read that keeps you guessing. Expect the unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Along the lines of many writers today, Patterson takes the witches and wizards theme in a different direction. The first in a series was a fun and easy read. It kept my attention and left me wondering what would happen next.
Vampfan8483 More than 1 year ago
I know a lot of people gave this book a bum rap because of how short the chapters were and how sometimes they stopped mid-sentence but I liked it. For a fast reader like me it didn't long to finish. Sometimes there was a lull in the story which made it difficult to keep my attention, but once the story picked up it was hard to put down. All and all it was still a fun read, and I am still kind of curious to see where the story goes in the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witch & Wizard is a refreshing teen novel opposed to James Patterson's former adult writings. The characters would be: Whitford, Wisteria, Benjamin, and Eliza Allgood, Celia, Byron Swain, Matron, and Sasha. The setting is in present-day suburbia with a New World Order. The themes include: Discrimination, Evil, Power, War, and Teamwork. I recommend this book to children from the ages of 12-16. Wisteria (Wisty) and Whitford (Whit) Allgood are brother and sister with special powers, but they're not fully aware of that until the New Order (N.O.) abruptly breaks into the Allgood household accusing them to be Wiccans. Wisty and Whit were appalled at the ridiculous claim the New Order has made. They plead innocent, but the N.O. knows better. They kidnap the children from their parents in the middle of the night leaving the house a chaotic mess. Wisty and Whit are held captive in a prison until their trial, where they will be hung until death. While the children are locked in there grimy cell, they soon learn they truly are magic. They discover their powers and use them to their advantage to escape from the prison, and help the other children escape also. On their adventure, they find Whit's missing girlfriend, Celia, but sadly Celia is only a spirit and was killed because of the New Order. Celia helps the children escape and leads them to a safehouse where children like them go. While staying at the safehouse they discover that they are the children of the prophecy, who will take down the N.O. Will Whit and Wisty fulfill the prophecy and bring down the New Order? I think this was an excellent book! It was very descriptive and adventurous. The one thing I did not like was the switching of point of views and the very brief chapters. At the end of the novel you'll notice the words, "To be continued." Obviously this book is going to be turned into a series. I hope he publishes the next book very soon. I can't wait! Overall I believe this book was enjoyable. I honestly can tell you I couldn't put it down. If your one who likes magic, mystery, and rebellion you will certainly enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i'm just read book 1 and it sucked me in. this is a great book and i am currently awaiting for the whole book to be released. i wouldn't recommend this book for the realistic-fiction lovers.
The_Shadow412 More than 1 year ago
at first I wasn't interested in this book, but then I saw it on sale at Sam's one day and took a chance and brought it. I'm glad I did. this is a wonderful book. it's like what would happen if the salem witch trials happened again in this time period. The One Who Is The One is seriously creepy and is trying to destroy music, art, and reading ( which would be a total nightmare!!!) Wisty and Whit are thrown into jail for being a witch and wizard and have to learn how to use their powers fast to break out and join their parents who are on the run. They make some friends and some enemies on the way to that goal. Full of a great mixture of horror and comedy. Totally loved it!!! I didn't know that it'll be a series though, now I can't wait for the next book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in seventh grade, but i have an extremely high reading level. My little sister is in sixth grade right now,but i told her that she should not read it yet. This book has some death, some fairly scary parts, and some happy parts. If it was an adult choosing for a child, it would depend on individual maturity and familiarness with realistic scary things like being imprisoned with bad conditions, to people getting poofed out of existance in a snappy fashion. I would say this book is generally for 12/13 years and up in most cases. I hope this is helpful to you!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome if u like magical adventurous books this book is perfect for u
MissKatieMarie More than 1 year ago
True, this book was very quick. I actually did enjoy this book none the less, though. It took me a day to finish, but all in all, I was satisfied with it. The magic was perceptibly interesting, to me. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a feeling this book might be bad. I was totally wrong. This book is amazing. The characters are cool and story makes you want to keep reading it. It does have two mistakes in it but it's not that big of a deal. If you are having doubts about this book ignore them. This book is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I bought this book because it was on sale for 5 bucks and because it was/is fairly popular (I mean, it saysss its a #1 seller, not sure how..) Anyway, this book sucks. I am now on page 50 (out of 250) and can wholeheartedly say it is poorly written all around. A) the characters are teens, but the language is EXTREMELY forced, I am 16 and no one I know of talks even remotely similar to the main characters Whit and Witsy. B) The level is that of a grade schooler, and I don't mean for reading, I mean in terms of writing. C) Too much telling, not enough SHOWING. This book doesn't feel planned out, there are no details and it looks like Patterson just sat down and wrote a book that came straight from his head with no effort/research/training/talentwhatsoever. I am so disappointed with this book. I know I haven't read all of it, but the point is I don't WANT to. Just don't read it. Sorry Patterson, I did want to like it. Get the sample and see for yourselves, the only person I might suggest this too is MAYBE a 2nd-3rd grader (yes, it's that simple)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No offense to all those customers or editors out there, but anyone who says that this book is at ALL bad or lacking in something or with too much of something is wrong. Completely wrong. This is the closest I have come to finding a perfect book in ages, and it is just as good as the Hunger Games-maybe better! James is one of the greatest geniuses on the planet today. It is official.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
50 pages in and I'm not sure I can force myself to read the next 200.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally love Sci Fi & Fantasy books. This one had such high ratings and good reviews, I couldn't see how it wouldn't be bad. BOY, was I wrong! I'm glad it was on sale for .99 because anyone who spends more on this waste of time is crazy. The premise of the book isn't bad. It was the characters that I couldn't stand! Twin brother and sister, when put into a life-threatening situation, make sarcastic remarks? Its as if the characters were completely oblivious to the world around them. There was no struggle, nothing in this story that made me pull for them. Everything was too easy... I couldn't tell if James Patterson was mocking the genre or not. He should stick to writing books for adults, because he certainly cannot write them for teens/young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a page turner. I loved reading every page of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ths is an amazing book. The plot is very well done, and the idea behind the series is intriguing. For 99¿, ths is a wonderful book. Unfortutely, I might end up spending a lot more on the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book with great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thought alone is increadable. But to put it into words so perfectly? Outstanding. Definatly a must read of the year for me!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars aren't enough for this book. Amazing book. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesn't have any profanity that i'm aware of (i'm only about halfway through it), and as for bad content, they say the h-word a few times, but i think that's about it... you should be okay. =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! IM somewhat into the book and its incredible must read for kids ages 11-16
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It pulls u in an makes u want to keep reading an just not even put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very very good, it is also funny. I highly recomend this book to young adults and pre-teens/tweens/teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and i totally have to buy the whole series now