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Books about Wizards - All ages
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BOOKS ABOUT WIZARDS - ALL AGES

Book titles are in blue and underlined. Click on them to find out more about the books and how to buy them.
To retell these stories, get permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
In performance, always credit your sources.
Alphabetized for your convenience with short descriptions to save you research time.

Amulet of Samarkand (The) (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud. (2004 - YA)
Features a boy and his not-so-tame djinni. Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss.

Bartimaeus Trilogy (The) by Jonathan Stroud. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
In this glorious conclusion to the Bartimaeus trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty converge once more. Together the threesome faces treacherous magicians, a complex conspiracy, and a rebellious faction of demons. To survive, they must test the limits of this world and question the deepest parts of themselves. And most difficult of all–they will have to learn to trust one another.

Book of Wizards (The): A Magical History by Tim Dedipulos. (2002 - Ages 4-8)
In this lively and informative book, every aspect of wizards ad wizardry is explored, from the myths of old to those wizards that have their basis in reality and the famous fictional wizards that have captured our imaginations. Packed with inside information and filled with stunning images, The Book of Wizards is a must for anyone interested in the way of the wizard .

Book of Wizards (The): Stories of Enchantment From Near and Far by Jennifer Schwamm Willis. (2004)
Combines the works of contemporary authors such as Jane Yolen, Philip Pullman, Diane Duane, Garth Nix, William Nicholson, and Aoin Colfer with classic stories from writers such as E. Nesbit, George Macdonald, Frank L. Baum, and Edward Eager. The result is another magical collection of stories that capture the imagination and mesmerize the reader.

Charlie Bone And The Hidden King (Children of the Red King Book 5) by Jenny Nimmo. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his father. Meanwhile, pets are mysteriously vanishing from the city, and Olivia is in danger of revealing her newfound powers.

Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The): Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.
Collected together for the first time are Patricia C. Wrede's hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper. Every one of Cimorene's adventures is included in its paperback edition--Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons--in one handsome package that's perfect for gift giving.

Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2) by Angie Sage and Mark Zug. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
It's been a year since septimus heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As Apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess and enjoying the freedom of the Castle. But there is something sinister at work...

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) by Angie Sage and Mark Zug.
The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

Ptolemy's Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3) by Jonathan Stroud. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London. Increasingly distracted, he is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever: the long-suffering djinni is growing weak from too much time in this world, and his patience is at an end.

Sword of Truth (The), Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind. (1998)
In a world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World-- forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

Wartville Wizard (The) by Don Madden. (1993 - Ages 4-8)
A tidy old man spent his time cleaning up the litter that the thoughtless slobs of Wartville left behind. One day, tired of his lot, he gives up, and Mother Nature gives him ``power over trash.'' He then commands that litter "go back and stick to the person who threw you.'' The townspeople are dismayed, and the Wizard agrees to release them from their trash if they promise not to litter again. Madden's ecology lesson is humorous.

Winter of the Ice Wizard (Magic Tree House 32) by Mary Pope Osborne.
Jack and Annie, joined by Teddy and Kathleen (from earlier books), travel in the Magic Tree House to a land of snow where the Ice Wizard has captured Morgan and Merlin. The four friends must find the Ice Wizard’s missing eye... or is it really his heart that is missing?

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) by Terry Goodkind. (2008)
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims.

Wizard of Earthsea (A) (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) by Ursula LeGuin. (2004 - Ages 9-12)
In this first book in a series, readers will witness Sparrowhawk's moving rite of passage--when he discovers his true name and becomes a young man. Great challenges await Sparrowhawk, including an almost deadly battle with a sinister creature, a monster that may be his own shadow. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers.

Wizard Of Oz (Scholastic Junior Classics) by L. Frank Baum. (2001 reprint - Ages 9-12)
After a terrible cyclone, Dorothy finds herself lost in a strange and magical world. The only way to get home is to visit the Emerald City, where she may be able to ask the Great Wizard of Oz for help. Will Dorothy ever reach Oz? And what will she find when she gets there?

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ONLINE LINKS TO STORIES AND INFORMATION ABOUT WIZARDS

Online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to get more stories and information.
Story titles are in quotation marks.
To retell any stories, get permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
In performance, always credit your sources.

http://www.lair2000.net/Wizard_Stories/Wizard_Stories.html
Wizard Stories.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/best-stories-about-wizards/lm/3BDVLDKD6AUP2
Best Stories About Wizards.

http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.php?t=825374
Wizards' Community.

http://www.wizardstories.com/
Wizard Stories: Creating Remarkable Stories for Remarkable Audiences.

http://lair2000.net/Wizard_Stories/Wizard_Stories.html
Wizard Stories. 14 stories sent in by viewers.

http://www.put.com/oz/little.html
Little Wizard Stories of Oz.

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/slavonic/wratislaw/wizard.html
"The Wizard" from Sixty Folk-Tales From Exclusively Slavonic Sources by A.H. Wrtislaw, M.A. from SurLaLune.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ftb/ftb14.htm
"The Magic Rocks and the Beggar" from Sacred Texts (with original illustrations)

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1835499
"The Gatekeeper and the Wizard: A Fairy Tale" by N. Mthers and P. Hodgkin.

http://sacred-texts.com/asia/ftft/ftft31.htm
"The Wizard and his Pupil" (1913) from Sacred Texts (with original illustrations).

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SOS: SEARCHING OUT STORIES AND INFORMATION ABOUT WIZARDS
Advice, Comments and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
(excerpts from Storytell posts plus original research)

Book titles and online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to get more stories and information.
Story titles are in quotation marks.
To retell any stories, get permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
Alphabetized for your convenience with short descriptions to save you research time.
Posts are added chronologically as they are received by Story Lovers World.


1)
Crazy Gibberish and Other Story Hour Stretches : From a Storyteller's Bag of Tricks by Naomi Baltuck, there is a story entitled The Queen with a Cold, Cold Heart. It is a participation story about a Queen and her three daughters, an evil wizard and a handsome prince. The wizard has cast a spell over the land and it has become winter forever. The Prince must rescue the Princess he loves by melting the evil wizard. Each of the main characters has a sound the children should say as you tell the story. For example, when you say the Queen with a cold, cold heart, the children say "burrrr" and hug themselves as if they were cold. It is an easy story to learn since it is meant to be told orally and not read aloud. The children have fun with it.


2) Another story is entitled The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Helen Lester. It is a funny tale with all three characters constantly changing each other into odd forms trying to prove they are the most powerful. This is a book but could be done with children as a participation.


3) A Book of Wizards by Ruth Manning-Sanders, 1967.
"Aladdin"
"Aniello"
"Cannetella"
"Farmer Weathersky"
"Gold"
"Jack and the Wizard"
"Kojata"
"Long, Broad and Sharpsight"
"Rich Woman, Poor Woman"
"Silver Penny"
"Two Wizards"


4) Angela wrote:
Today I told the wizard story and I thought about you and the wizards in your culture. Maybe you can direct me to a source that has more info about the wizard tales because kids in America love Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-6), so the more wizard tales I can tell the better!
Harry Potter Hardcover Box Set (Books 1-6)

Szia!
We have lots of wizard stories in our culture - I love them all, because they are special, and interesting. Hera are some details:

- Táltos is the Hungarian equivalent of shaman. They are born with teeth (táltosfog), or six fingers or toes, or in a husk. When they reach a certain age, they fall very ill, for the spirits are calling them to become táltos. If one refuses, he dies. If accepts, the spirits take him away, take him apart, then heal him and bring him back, now a real táltos with abilities to heal and use magic and travel between worlds. They use a drum (táltosdob) to fall into trance and leave their bodies behind to travel between words on the World Tree. The drum is their horse, they say. This remained in our folktales: when the prince has to choose the worst-looking, skinny and shaggy horse for himself and feed it with embers - then the horse turns into a magic horse, more beautiful than any other. This happens so because a drum can loosen if it gets wet, and to be usable again, one has to hold it above fire or embers to warm it up. Angela, the story of Whitehorseson, in the book you've bought, is about a táltos. It's one of our oldest folktales. Another interesting detail: shaman illness is probably epilepsy. Ethnologists say so because 67% of the children born with teeth or six fingers are epileptic.

- Garabonciás: these wizards are not born so. They learn, for 13 years, 13 students in a group. Then their master takes them to a cave deep in the mountain, where they have to sit on a wheel above a huge and deep pit filled with blades, and the wheel starts spinning and one of them must fall down and die. The other 12 become garabonciás, they receive their magic books. Garabonciás only can practice magic from the book - it can summon dragon-snakes to ride, turn into animal form, summon hailstorm, drought, make people fall ill or heal, make cows give milk or give blood, protect people's crops or destroy them... many things.

The most interesting part is:
in the times 300 or 500 years ago when witches were pursued and many people were burnt or drowned as witches, in Hungary there was a way to survive the trial: you had to confess you were a wizard. A táltos, a garabonciás, a benandante, or even a werewolf. For, though the judges were Christians, they still believed in the Nighttime Battles, when these special people left their bodies behind and went to fight against witches out in the fileds. They had armies, bands and fellowships, they were aided by animal spirits, and, it was important to confess too, by Holy Mary and angels. So if someone confessed to be one of them, they let him or she go free. These people practiced common magic only to protect their villages. Even this kind of werewolves was positive, for it means a wizard who can turn into some kind of animal when leaving the body.
In the 16th century even a guild existed, called Guild Saint Elena, in Sopron, and it's members fought witches with their special abilities.

Sounds like some kind of fantasy novel, isn't it? It's sooo cool:)

Unfortunately these stories are usually very short, and believes rather than real stories. The best one is a short story by Szerb Antal, about a girl who was engaged with a garabonciás. It's sooo beautiful. I'm planning on translating it to English. Another garabonciás story can be found on my webpage, in audio form
http://www.zalkacsenge.hu/bilingual01.mp3
Macsek 4/14/07

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