Charming fantasy for the pre-teen crowd

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming fantasy for the pre-teen crowd , May 11, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

Wizard Planet, the second in the My Wizard Buddy series, describes Tyler’s adventures when he goes to his wizard buddy Dirk’s home planet, where everyone has magical abilities. The setting is vividly described and sure to spark the imagination of the pre-teen audience. There’s plenty of action, but little real violence. (Paintball guns substitute for real guns, and bullying teen wizards know they aren’t allowed to kill Tyler.) Bullying and prejudice are raised in nuanced tones that give the story a bit of moral fortitude without devolving into preaching.

My only criticism is that Tyler gets rescued a bit too often. It is only during his encounter with the Yeti that Tyler shows brilliance and courage and manages to escape unaided. Otherwise, either Dirk or a lawyer that represents him is responsible for getting him out of trouble. This doesn’t detract noticeably from the story, however. Young readers will probably not realize it.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.