WIZARD by Paula Paul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wizard is a fantastic YA story. Geared perfectly towards middle grade or early high school students.
In a world corrupted by acceptance, could you be yourself? Meghan’s life had never been easy, either being overlooked as Merlin’s younger sister, or getting the wrong kind of attention for being different. When Merlin’s attempt to save Meghan’s life by transporting her to eleventh century Amorika, France, goes awry, she finds herself in twenty-first century America. There, she discovers that it is all too easy to fit in with the popular crowd—if she hides who she really is. Meghan faces the choice of condoning the same oppression that she had encountered before or giving up her newly won acceptance and becoming an outcast again. She soon realizes that her decision will not only affect her life, but will determine whether a friend lives or dies to the same forces that once threatened her. When the teenage sister of Merlin, the world's most powerful magician, is confronted by life-threatening bullying, where can she run? Megan attempts to escape to the 21st Century but is forced to confront the same demons she hoped to leave behind.
On face value Wizard is about a girl with a magical heritage sent into the future to avoid persecution and potentially death. Landing in a water fountain at a local college she is lucky enough to find a family willing to take her in and teach her the ways of modern day America. As we follow her through her new experiences we learn that Wizard is also a story about tolerance. In the world today we need to practice tolerance and understanding everyday and through Wizard readers will see why it is so important.
This is a fantastic story that I recommend adding to everyones children's TBR list.
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