The Wizard's Den: Spellbinding Stories of Magic & Magicians

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This is a spellbinding collection of tales from the 20th century, featuring a story from E. Nesbit, whose writings inspired a young girl to pen her own tales of magic and sign them with only initials—J. K. Rowling. Also included are wizard stories from such diverse writers as Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, and Diana Wynne Jones.

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Peter Haining is the editor of many story collections, including Scary and The Wizards of Odd.

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Grade 5-8-These short stories of magical fantasy will attract Harry Potter fans, but not all of the selections are completely satisfying. Haining's introduction to the world of wizardry is a bit stilted and contains some typographical errors. Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, Joan Aiken, Diana Wynne Jones, and E. Nesbit are among the 15 notable authors represented. Some of the older stories seem a bit dated and may not have much appeal to American readers. Almost all of the selections have appeared elsewhere. One of the shortest and most chilling stories is William Nolan's "My Name Is Dolly," about a girl who gets revenge on her abuser with a doll that is her duplicate. Philip Pullman's "Something to Read" is about a girl who loves to read and the tragedy that results from her obsession. Jacqueline Wilson's "The Magic of Flying" is a funny tale about a magical toad that tries to teach an inept little girl how to fly. This somewhat uneven collection may not be a necessary purchase but those who sample these varied stories will be rewarded by many of them.
Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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