The Wizard in the Wood

Candlewick/Walker. (Kit the Wizard: Bk. 3). Jun. 2022. 224p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536214956.
Gr 2-4–After a summer of magical adventures, Kit, Josh, and Alita are ready to start school and excited to learn that they will be getting a new library. In this world, librarians are wizards, and a proper library must have a dragon underneath to imbue it with magic, so the friends meet the council of wizards to procure a dragon egg for their new library. On the first day of school, they are excited to meet their new school librarian, Ben, and to check on the dragon egg—only to find that it’s gone missing! Kit and her friends will have to rely on their friendship and self-confidence to defeat this big bad threat to the wizarding world.
VERDICT A pleasing combination of humor and peril, along with Ortu’s plentiful illustrations, make this a great starter fantasy series.

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