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Book Series Review:    W.I.T.C.H. (Book Series)

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Children's Book Review: W.I.T.C.H. (Book Series)


Published by: Hyperion/Disney

Released: 2004

Reviewed: June 2004

Our Recommended Age: 11-14

Our Rating: A

 

 

 

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Buy: #1: The Power of Five (W.I.T.C.H., 1); #2: W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: The Disappearance - Book #2; #3: W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: Finding Meridian - Book #3; #4: W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: The Fire of Friendship - Book #4 at Amazon.com.

 

 


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Magic, friendship, and fantasy are eloquently combined in an exciting and intriguing new Disney book series, W.I.T.C.H. The series, which is already an international success, stars five girls who discover they are joined together by powerful, otherworldly forces.

 

The first book, The Power of Five, tells the story of how the girls meet and slowly begin to discover their powers. W.I.T.C.H. is an acronym for the girls' names: Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin. Each girl has special powers — four of them have power over the natural elements (earth, air, water, and fire) and Will is their leader, the keeper of the Heart of Candracar. Together, they are the Guardians of the Veil, the barrier that separates good from evil.

 

Since the W.I.T.CH. series was born of a comic strip, it is only fitting that the book opens and closes with full-color comics — a fun perk that helps draw children in. 

 

The first book unfolds slowly and is largely dedicated to introducing the characters and their destiny. It isn't until the second half of the book before we are introduced to the otherworldly powers at work, although magical powers are certainly alluded to in the first half of The Power of Five.

 

There are a lot of characters to digest, making this book a little difficult to get into for children younger than approximately 11. The vocabulary used is another reason we recommend the series to children ages 11 and over.

 

Girls will love the strong, well-developed heroines of the series. Although the series certainly contains some dark elements, it is relatively tame compared to some other fantasies.

 

The first 4 books of the series are: 

#1: The Power of Five  

#2: The Disappearance  

#3: Finding Meridian  

#4: The Fire of Friendship 

 

 

Our Rating:


 

A

 

[For more information, or to buy: #1: The Power of Five (W.I.T.C.H., 1); #2: W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: The Disappearance - Book #2; #3: W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: Finding Meridian - Book #3; #4: W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: The Fire of Friendship - Book #4 ]
 

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SAVE: The first 6 books in the series are available in a set at a reduced price (only $19.96 for all 6!): W.I.T.C.H. 6 Book Set: Books 1 - 6

 

 

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Reviewed June 2004
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