Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewed Ayesha
What they say: Following the disappearance of his mother, Joe Silva finds himself at a boarding school where he is unable to fit in and is often bullied by his peers. Not only does he find his younger years tough at school, his resentful father blames him for his mother’s disappearance and has little to do with him. After living alone at boarding school for years with very little human contact, Joe is confronted with a surprise revelation from his mother’s parents which inevitably changes his life forever: he has a place at Trega’s School for Witches and Wizards. As Joe discovers more about himself, he makes friends with the other wizards that struggle to fit in and together they form bonds that help them battle against prejudices which surround them. Containing strong themes of friendship, self-belief and self-development, The Wand Tree: Book of Magic, while reminiscent of the ‘Harry Potter’ phenomenon, gives the genre a more personal twist by focusing closely on the character’s personal developments.
What we say: The Wand Tree Book of Magic focused on the life of a thirteen year old boy named Joe who initially hates his life but as the story progresses, Joe finds out that he is in fact a wizard and as a result he goes to a school for witches and wizards, where compared to his previous boarding school where everyone seems to bully him, he finally makes some friends and to try and save the school through all hardships that come in his way.
I found the plot extremely gripping and the book hard to put down
As a result, this book is undoubtedly very engaging for the reader and will no doubt get a good reaction from the target audience. However, the plot of the book is not a very unique idea and as the book progresses the reader would be able to notice similarities between this book and others of the same type of genre such as Joe having a horrible life before he finds out that he is a wizard but as he gets to the wizarding school, he finally gets friends who embark on adventures together, similar to what happens in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’. Although I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the ‘Harry Potter’ book series.
I found the plot extremely gripping and the book hard to put down.”
The Wand Tree: Book of Magic by S.G. Harvey is available from many high street book stores and online from Amazon.