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The Wizard's Hall Paperback – 1 Jan 1999
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"Wizard's Hall has it all: fairy-tale wonder, baffling mystery, captivating magic, edge-of-the-seat suspense, [and] wry humor....Captivating."--Publishers Weekly "Yolen skillfully blends the traditions of fantasy and school story....Good, imaginative fun."--Kirkus Reviews "Blends wizardry and enchantment in fluid, graceful prose."--School Library Journal "Wizard's Hall has it all: fairy-tale wonder, baffling mystery, captivating magic, edge-of-the-seat suspense, [and] wry humor....Captivating."-Publishers Weekly "Yolen skillfully blends the traditions of fantasy and school story....Good, imaginative fun."-Kirkus Reviews "Blends wizardry and enchantment in fluid, graceful prose."-School Library Journal
A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard's training hall by trusting and believing in himself.
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The main theme of this book is "talent doesn't matter; just try". The main character Henry, nicknamed Thornmallow, isn't the top student in the magic school; in fact, he cannot perform well enough to expect anything from himself. The teachers cannot even remember his name. Then, one day the villains known as the Master and the Beast arrive and no one even tries to oppose them because they don't think they're capable of winning. But when it comes to be Henry's turn and he remembers his mother's words: "talent doesn't matter; just try", so he tries. In the end, this was all anyone really had to do: just try.
Some reviewers here have said that "Wizard's Hall" is better than the Harry Potter stories. Sorry, but not so. This is a good story and it is well written, but neither the story line nor the characterers are anywhere near as well developed as those in the Potter series. My daughter's comment was that she liked this book, but it was short. This isn't meant as a criticism. "Wizard's Hall" is a clever and interesting story and stands very well on its own. We recommend it. Just don't expect another Harry Potter, because it simply doesn't have that kind of depth. Four stars.
Shorter and with less depth than the massive Harry Potter books, Wizard's Hall is a good book for young readers with a clear message. Anyone who likes the Harry Potter books should by a copy of this.