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Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

This is another series for young adults by James Patterson. I have only read the first book and do not really plan to read the remaining books in the series as it did not capture my interest.

The series is about a society in which being a witch or wizard is against the law and anyone possessing those abilities are removed from their homes, sentenced, and punished to the full extent of the law. In the first book of the series a tween and teen sister and brother are abjectly removed from their homes and thrown into prison for being a witch and wizard, something they knew nothing about. Their parents do not say much and you really do not get a feeling of a the normal nuclear family even though Patterson tries to paint the picture with words. It just does not feel right. There is no connection.

Again Patterson attempts to write dialog intended for teens and children and he misses the mark. I am not sure he is doing the work himself or if someone is helping him but he may want to hang out at a public school to get the real way in which kids speak nowadays.

As with his other young adult work, Maximum Ride, Witch and Wizard come close but do not hit the mark.

 

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

I am a big fan of James Patterson‘s adult books. My favorites are the Women’s Murder Club and the Alex Cross series’. This is the first young adult series by Patterson I have read and to be honest, I did not like it nearly as much. I don’t know if he had help with trying write like a kid or if he assumed all kids spoke similarly just by the fact of their age or what. I skipped a book and did not miss it. I normally read books in order, I feel that to understand the full depth of a character you need to read books chronologically by what is taking place in their lives. No, I do not like prequels very much.

I also felt that Patterson used the series to preach about the direness of the world due to global warming. He did not do it in a subtle manner at all, the characters PREACHED it.

The premise behind the series is that a group of unscrupulous people – scientists, doctors, politicians, etc – formed a group to create the perfect being able to survive the destruction of the world as we now know it. Global warming would destroy the world food supply and we may even cause unknown diseased, yada, yada, yada. Max and her band of merry children were created (some by test-tube without any real parents, others with) to withstand and adapt to whatever the environment throws at them. They are meant to be the surviving race when normal humans die off.

Good premise, but not so great execution. It kept me interested through three books and I forced myself to read a fourth but that is it for me. Perhaps I am too “mature” for the intended audience this book was geared toward. I’ll have to find some youth who have read it and ask their opinions.

Don’t flog me, please!!!

I have had an eventful summer so my blogging has been limited. However, my reading has not!

I received a wonderful call from the assistant superintendent for our district asking if I could spend some money … FAST! A couple of hours later I had spent about 25K! As a result, I went back to work early and began reorganizing my library to accommodate the new materials and then to process the new materials.

The downsides (yes, plural) are 1) lack of work free summer – I have not had one of those before, and 2) I was asked to process the new textbooks for all of the new materials teachers were receiving. We had enough funding left over to purchase all new materials for every subject and every grade level. AWESOME! Well, except for the processing part.

We officially go back to work on Monday to get ready for the students after labor day. I still have 33 boxes to open and process in two weeks by myself. I don’t mind because the students will be excited!

Now, onto blogging about the books I read this summer!

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