A Wizard Alone

A Wizard Alone

Book - 2002
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While Nita mourns her mother's death, teenage wizard Kit and his dog Ponch set out to find a young autistic boy who vanished in the middle of his Ordeal, pursued by the Lone Power.
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt, c2002
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ISBN: 9780152045623
0152045627
Branch Call Number: TEEN F DUA
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 22 cm

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Library_Jill May 02, 2017

Another beautiful, emotional entry in the Young Wizards series, this time focusing on a new young wizard with autism. I understand that there has been an evolving controversy about Duane's handling of autism in this story--specifically in terms of the end of the story--and that Duane has actually revised the story in later versions to align better with our current understanding of autism, which was substantially different at the time of her writing. Ending and controversy aside, however, I thought Duane did a fine job of casting an autistic character in a lead--and quite literally "empowered"--role, and allowing me as a reader to see through his eyes in both concrete and abstract-but-emotionally-resonant ways, as I got to know Darryl through Nita and Kit's respective interactions with him both in the real world, and through the lens of their collective wizardries.

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crystal_dark Nov 05, 2011

“Where's my bed?!" Dairine shrieked.
"It's on Pluto," Nita said. "On the winter side, somewhere nice and dark and quiet, where you won't find it if you look all day-which you're not going to have time to do, becaus you'll be in school.”

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