A Wizard Abroad: The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series

A Wizard Abroad: The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series

by Diane Duane

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To give Nita a vacation from magic, Nita's parents pack her off for a month-long stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Ireland is even more steeped in magical doings than the United States, and Nita soon finds herself and a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare Ireland—a realm where humankind is the stuff of tales and storybooks, and where the legends and monsters of the country's mythology are a deadly reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152162382
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Series: Young Wizards Series , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 506,191
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x (d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Diane Duane is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including four other books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Ms. Duane lives in rural Ireland.

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She went out through the little concrete yard to the front of the house, where the front door was open, as Aunt Annie had told her it almost always was, except when everyone had gone to bed. Her aunt was in the big quarry-tiled kitchen making a cup of tea.

"So there you are!" she said. "Did you sleep well? Do you want a cuppa?"

"What? Oh, right. Yes, please," Nita said, and sat down in one of the chairs drawn up around the big blond wood table. One of Aunt Annie's cats, a black-and-white creature, jumped onto her lap: She had forgotten its name too, in the general blur of her arrival. "Hi there," she said to it, stroking it.

"Milk? Sugar?"

"Just sugar, please," Nita said. "Aunt Annie, who were those people out there with the horses?"

Her aunt looked at her. "People with the horses? All the staff have gone home. At least I thought they did."

"No, I heard them. The hooves were right outside my door, but when I looked, they'd gone away. Didn't take them long," she added.

Aunt Annie looked at her again as she came over and put Nita's teacup down. Her expression was rather different this time. "Oh," she said. "You mean the ghosts."

Nita stared.

"Welcome to Ireland," said her aunt.

Copyright © 1993 by Diane Duane

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A Wizard Abroad (So You Want to Be a Wizard Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
MangaFanatic7000 More than 1 year ago
I love this fiction series! I like how she based the wizardry around an irish culture, adding splashes of Nita, Darine, and Kit's wizardry in throught the book and tying it up at the ending with a small opening to where she was able to right her 5th book! I also would say the involment of the newer character's (Aunt annie, Johny, Doris, and Ronan) roles and actions toward the plot mixed in very well and explained who they were, what their purpose was, and even relationship throught the story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another tale from storyteller Diane Duane, this great story combines Irish and Celtic mythology and culture with her unique brand of magic to tell Nita's newest tale. With the mythical monster Balor threatening the wizards of Ireland, Nita and her aunt are called to work with other wizards to use the four treasures of Ireland to stop him. Kit, who was supposed to stay behind in the States, manages to loophole his way into joining them. With excitement, mythology, magic, friendship, and a slight romance for Nita, this book is another masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 1,2,and 3 from this series before and I think this is the best one yet!! Just by reading this book I can't wait to get the chance to go to Ireland. The second I finished this book I ran the the bookstore to buy the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It explores wizardry in a whole new way. It incorporated traditional Celtic mythology. Which I am all for. Couldn't have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is, in my opinion, the best book of the series. I loved the characters and the plot, that are different in this book but keeping to the theme. Loved It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read! all the other ones were great but this was my favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings about the realities of being both a teenager and a wizard. Nita's parents aren't pleased with some of the choices she's made, so they decide to send her to Ireland for her to get a perspective of things. On the other hand, Nita also realizes that her life as a wizard means that she doesn't really get much time off. She's immediately called to handle a huge and ancient problem during her stay. This is Nita's most challenging and most adventurous mission to date. I can't wait to read the new ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best book in the series so far, though I haven't read the newest one yet(A Wizards Holiday).In 'A Wizard Abroad' Nita's parents send her to visit her aunt in Ireland to have a break from her partner Kit. I hope I get the seventh book soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book. i read it first and it was kinda hard 2 under stand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Nita is sent to Ireland to visit her Aunt. At first, Nita doesn't know her Aunt is a wizard, but she soon finds out. Her Aunt, other wizards in the area, and she herself unite to fight the LONE POWER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great for my child, she enjoyed it very much, and i urge everyone to buy this book and read it to their children, i personally loved it, and my daughter liked it even more. Thank you for writing such a spectacular book.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do like this story. It was bugging me - I kept getting flashes, specifically of the scene when she meets Ronan the second time. So I read the whole book. It's a nice balance between domestic details (her parents getting worried about her and Kit) and world-saving (fighting the Lone Power. Again.). The new development in this one is that Nita and Kit are not the sole wizards involved - in fact, they're more facilitators than the central point. Nita notices problems - but others had noticed them too; they did do the patch, which saved everyone a lot of trouble, but it was a side-issue at best; the Queen gave them the sword (and Kit could carry it), but she might (probably would) have given it to another if they hadn't been there. Bringing Dairine in on it was actually their big contribution - and finding Bridget, and helping Ronan (assuming her/their advice did in fact help him). Very useful, possibly the only ones who could have done what they did the way they did it - but they were never the focal point of events. Which is a nice change. It may be why this is one of my favorites of the Young Wizards books.
AnnaOok on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
NO SPOILERS (beyond what's on the back cover blurb)Diane Duane seems to have had fun writing this book, showing us pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland through the eyes of a New Yorker. (For those who don't know, the author is from NY and lives in the Wicklows, and I suspect quite close to the book's setting). I certainly had fun reading it, as an Italian who came to Ireland before the economic boom, and now so well settled here that I'd forgotten the perennial "cup of tea" is not a universal feature of life :-)If you liked the previous Young Wizard books, you'll like this one. I think maybe I liked the younger Nita & Kit a bit better, and I wouldn't say this is my favourite of the series -- but a pleasant read nonetheless, which I would recommend to adults as well as kids. I did love the way it took Irish mythology seriously (and knowledgeably) while at the same time having fun with it. A choice quote: "One of us met Cuchullain in warp spasm, which is enough to turn anyone's hair: that it happened in the middle of the big shopping center in Tallaght didn't help, either."
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nita¿s parents decide to send her off to her aunt in Ireland because they think she and Kit are getting too close. Unbeknownst to Nita, her aunt Annie is also and wizard and Nita finds herself in the middle of what is potentially her most dangerous mission to date!
clifflandis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fourth in the series. Nita and Kit are seperated as Nita goes on a mandatory vacation to Ireland. But yet again the duo are called upon to save the world.
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