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Yolen, Jane. Tartan magic series. The wizard's map. (#1). 146p. 0-15-216365-4. The Pictish child (#2). 146p. 0-15-216359-X.

146p. 0-15-216365-4. The Pictish child. (#2). 146p. 0-15-216359-X. Harcourt. c1999. $5.95 each. J

Yolen has once again given us a fine new series of fantasy stories. Set in Scotland and populated by American children and Scottish family members, the story includes an old wizard and a member of the oldest race in Scotland. The wizard in The Wizard's Map is bent on regaining his power and rule over the land but twins Jennifer and Peter work together to stop him. In The Pictish Child, Jennifer discovers she has more magical power than she thought and must use it to return a child to her rightful place in time. These books may appeal more to girls than boys because Jennifer is more powerful than her twin brother in these first two books. Perhaps Peter will come into his power in the third one.

I found these stories to be a quick and enjoyable read. They don't have to be read in order but references to previous characters will make better sense if they are. If I could only buy just one, I would buy the first one--it felt more magical.

Stacey Conrad, Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Jul 1, 2002
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