Synopses & Reviews
In the hotly anticipated ninth installment of the Young Wizards series, Kit and Nita become part of an elite team investigating the mysterious “message in a bottle,” which holds the first clues to the secrets of the long-lost inhabitants of Mars. But not even wizardry can help them cope with the strange events that unfold when the “bottle” is uncorked and a life form from another era emerges.
Though the Martians seem friendly, they have a plan that could change the shape of more than one world. As the shadow of interplanetary war stretches over both worlds, Kit and Nita must fight to master the strange and ancient synergy binding them to Mars and its last inhabitants. If they don’t succeed, the history that left Mars lifeless will repeat itself on Earth.
"A multi-world adventure starring a band of heroes that readers will want to join."—Kirkus "An exciting premise, short chapters, and plenty of action make this a good choice for reluctant readers."—School Library Journal
"One of the finest current writers of speculative fiction pays loving homage to its Golden Age in this ninth title in the Young Wizards series. . . . Duane's worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision, a-glitter with lapidary characterization. . . . Best of all, unresolved subplots promise number ten is on the way. —Kirkus
"The strong characterization, complex plot, and truly fascinating universe combined with a stellar, heartbreaking, nail-biting conclusion guarantee not to disappoint. It will appeal strongly to fantasy and science fiction fans alike."--VOYA (5Q, highest rating)
Back to the Future meets When You Reach Me in this provocative, funny novel about time, space, and middle school. Tom has an imaginary twin on another planet—but Eddie and his planet are as real as Tom and his Earth.
Tom is a smart, talented loner with a chip on his shoulder and a big secret: an imaginary twin on another planet. Eddie is Tom's opposite, a friendly, athletic kid who always looks on the good side. Tom worries sometimes: does confiding in Eddie mean he's nuts? The truth is even crazier than that. Eddie and his planet are just as real as Tom and his Earth, but fifty-some years in the past. And the twins are caught up in an alien master plan that might just mean Earth—both Earths—will be destroyed. Switching places and identities, "slipping" between planets and across decades, a desperate escape, and the unraveling of deeper secrets leave Tom and Eddie aware of the danger they're facing and the tools they can use to overcome it.
The ninth book in the Young Wizards series
The eighth book in the Young Wizards series, now in paperback
Nita and Kit return from their wizardly holiday, looking forward to getting back to their everyday routine. But there's trouble brewing. A strange darkness of the mind and heart is about to befall the older wizards of the world, stealing away their power. Soon, the young wizards of Earth and many other planets find themselves forced to defend wizards and nonwizards alike against an invasion of a kind they've never imagined.
But mere defense won't be enough to combat the evil afoot. With their alien teammates, Nita, Kit, and Dairine must race to search worlds known and unknown for the secret weapon the Powers That Be have promised them--before the minions of the sinister Lone Power find it first. And then, for the first time in millenia, the wizards must go to war. . . .
About the Author
is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, among them the eight books in the Young Wizards series. She lives in rural Ireland.
Table of Contents
Terra Cognita . . . 1 Gili Motang . . . 21 Syrtis Major . . . 77 Wellakh . . . 103 Nili Patera . . . 134 Arsia Mons . . . 172 Stokes . . . 213 Shamask-Eilith . . . 240 Gusev . . . 274 Burroughs . . . 313 Olympus Mons . . . 338 Tharsis Montes . . . 375 Oceanidum Mons . . . 419 Aurorae Chaos . . . 475 Meridiani Planum . . . 512 Elysium . . . 532