Hilari Bell The Wizard Test

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The Wizard Test

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Fourteen-year-old Dayven is devastated when he learns he has wizard powers, since wizards are considered to be disloyal deceivers who believe in nothing, until he undergoes wizard training and discovers a new way of looking at the world that will change his values, friendships, and future.

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Hilari Bell used to work as a reference librarian, but she now writes science fiction and fantasy for kids and teens from her home base in Denver, Colorado.Hilari’s favorite activity is camping, when she spends all her time reading and hiking. She says, “Camping is the only time I can get in enough reading. Well, I take that back—when it comes to reading, there’s no such thing as enough.”

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Grade 5-8–What is loyalty and to whom is it owed? Are our enemies truly as evil as we are taught? Do our leaders really do what is best, or what is expedient? And how can we determine the truth? These themes are explored through the character of Dayven, a 14-year-old Watcherlad to Lord Enar. Growing up in a land where wizards are mistrusted, no boy wants to discover that he has magical powers, yet this is exactly what happens when it is Dayven's turn to be tested. Horrified, he swears he will never join the wizards and agrees to spy on them for Lord Enar. Apprenticed to the seemingly drunken buffoon Reddick, Dayven soon learns that the world is not the black-and-white place he imagined it to be. Enemies turn out to have similar hopes and dreams and Dayven discovers that his own people are not as honorable or well intentioned as he always believed. In order to preserve the ecological equilibrium necessary to sustain the lands of those whom his people have sworn to protect, he must decide whether to stand with the wizards and maintain the balance or cling to what he's been taught is right. Hard questions are asked and answered in a slim book that will find a wide audience and spark much discussion.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA

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