Young Adult - Sci-Fi
184 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2012
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Author Biography

Paula Paul is the award-winning author of 25 novels for both children and adults. She also had a career as a newspaper journalist and has won several state and national awards in that field.

A native Texan, she grew up on a cotton farm/ranch in Bailey County, a county named for her ancestor who died at the Alamo.

She loves playing the piano and learning how to or about just about anything. Oh, and she also loves big family get-togethers with her two children and their families. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and a dog of mixed ancestry who is at once loveable and annoying.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Paula Paul, author of Wizard spins a delight tale featuring Merlin’s younger sister. Fifteen year old, Meghan was planning a visit to Amorika in the eleventh century but ended up in America’s twenty first century. It seems Merlin has a bit of trouble when it comes to forward-projecting calculations. Her landing lacked grace when she ended up face down in a duck pond. She later discovered she was at a university and the young man that offered her assistance was Ryan. Ryan’s father recognized Meghan’s language as Brethon. He sent for his sister Alicia, a new age witch/psychic diviner.

Paula Paul is a genius. She has interspersed the “myth” of Arthur, Merlin and Morgan Fey with a modern day tale. I’ve always been captivated by King Arthur, the Wizard Merlin, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. The subject matter of this book piqued my interest and I read it all in one sitting. I found it fascinating to watch Meghan adapt to today’s world. She soon learns what it is like to be the “new” girl in town, to match wits with a bunch of bullies, to be arrested and to meet “her knight in shining armor.”

I’ve always been a fan of the mystical tales of Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. Paula Paul has put a unique twist on the tales. This book appealed to me but will also appeal to middle school and high school students. It was fun to watch Meghan’s reaction to modern things that we take for granted. The lead characters, Meghan and Ryan played well together. Paula Paul is an award winning author. While this is the first of her books I have read, it definitely won’t be the last.

Alice D.

"Wizard" begins as Meghan, one of Merlin's younger sisters, had to get out of the mythical kingdom of Avalon. Morgan Le Fey wants to kill Meghan as she possesses a wizard's wand, not the witch's wand that females are supposed to use. Merlin is a phenomenal magician but he is not so good at forward projections, so when he tries to help Meghan escape, he uses the wrong chemical and Meghan lands in America of the 21st century instead of Amorika in 11th century France. And Meghan lands in an American duck pond. She is rescued by Ryan who takes her home to his family and, thank goodness, his father is off-beat college professor Benton Kingsolver who can speak Meghan's language, Britton of late 6th century England, and Ryan's aunt Alicia is a totally unique practicing psychic. Ryan teaches Meghan enough English so that she can pass herself off as an exchange student from Wales, but can Meghan really make it in the modern world where "my lady" is not how the school secretary is addressed and where liking Ryan's friend Tyler is frowned upon by the high school bullies?

"Wizard" is a young adult time travel/fantasy novel that is highly well-written and filled with delightful humor as when Meghan refers to the school elevator as a "levitating room" and she terms Aunt Alicia's ancient Volkswagen Beetle as "the bug car". The story's plot line proceeds evenly to the final pages of this wonderful book
and all the characters - Meghan, Ryan, Tyler, and even Joshua and his bully friends - are believable and add to the basic story of a young woman transported totally by accident to another day and age. "Wizard" is a first-rate read for all ages!

Tamera L.

Fifteen year old Meghan is from the sixth century and forgotten middle sister to the famous Merlin. Meghan is a wizard, who prefers a wizard’s wand to a witch’s wand and is an outcast in her own society for stepping over the bounds of male dominance. For her own protection, Meghan is sent from ancient Avalon into the future to what was supposed to be eleventh century Amoika. There she was supposed to meet up with Tredwal, a friend to her brother and the boy she loves. But something goes terribly wrong and Meghan ends up in 21st Century, America. The young wizard is stunned by the changes in the world, thinking new technology is a form of witchery. Professor Benton Kingsolver and his son Ryan are equally fascinated by the young woman, eager to help her. Alicia also champions her cause. What follows is an attempt for magical Meghan to adapt to her new life as she becomes modernized and sent to school, where she will face the many challenges of being an everyday teenager and fitting in with her peers.

WIZARD is a charming story of mischief and fun. Meghan’s viewpoint into the modern world borders on hilarity as she tries to use magic to control situations with humorous outcomes. Dating current day boys also brings interest to the mix. I enjoyed this refreshing tale of a teen’s struggle to find herself as she gives up the past to begin a new future. Well done!

Stephanie D.

Wizard by Paula Paul is a super story. Merlin the magician transports his younger sister Meghan to safety in eleventh century Armorika (France). Except he doesn’t - she ends up in twenty-first century America! At first Meghan struggles to find the words to describe her new surroundings - cars are monsters, the modern university building with electric lights is an enchanted castle (despite there being no bowmen to defend it) and every room she goes into could be a dungeon with a dragon in it. But order emerges out of chaos and Meghan is taken in by Ryan and his lecturer father, together with Ryan’s aunt, the new-age Alicia. She starts high school where she makes a big impact, not least because of her bungled spells. Meghan means well, but things don’t always go to plan.

Yes, this is another time travel book, but it has such a unique twist. Feisty Meghan, with her less than perfect magical abilities, is an appealing heroine. There are laugh aloud moments when her sixth century behavior doesn’t quite fit into her new surroundings. But this book is never glib, and there’s a real message within it about being a true friend and doing the right thing. The shallowness of false friendships because of only wanting to be cool is clearly illustrated. Meghan the outsider learns to value Tyler, another outsider, for himself. Despite being confusing and flawed, modern life suits our teenage wizard. Meghan’s closing words are: “Go back to my own century, I don’t think so!” I’m glad she’s staying because I hope Paula Paul will be creating some more adventures for her.

Brenda C.

In sixth century Avalon, girls are never allowed to be wizards. But that's just what Merlin's fifteen year old sister Meghan is. You see females are only to use witch's wands and males use wizards wands, but Meghan is only able to use the wizard wand and for that her life is in danger. So when her brother decides to cast a spell propelling her into the future to keep her out of harms way he intends to send her to eleventh century Amorika, but magic being what it is Merlin makes a mistake and instead Meghan finds herself in 21st century America. When Ryan Kingsolver finds her and takes her to his father, they decide the best thing for Meghan is to try and integrate her into normal life which includes high school. Can a sixth century wizard ever fit in?

The author really captures the difficulties that Meghan faces as she tries to fit into twenty-first century life. It really was a whole new world for Meghan to learn and while she was often leery of new things, she really caught on fast. The author really captured her bewilderment of not only new things, but Meghan's confusion of the language, especially American slang. It was often quite funny as she tried to figure out what the slang terms meant.I thought the feelings Meghan expressed as she became the most popular girl in school, only to have to make some tough decisions about how she was going to treat others when one of her friends is bullied,was a wonderful message that teens can really use today.Overall the author does a splendid job of weaving fantasy together with real life situations to make this book a must read.To me a sign of a good book is one that leaves me wanting more and this story did just that. While "Wizard" is perfect for teen readers, anyone who enjoys a story with a fast moving plot, good character development and a story that provides a few positive messages will certainly enjoy this book.