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The Wizards of OnceThe Wizards of Once

by Cressida Cowell

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So far we have received 12 reviews of The Wizards of Once.

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Bobbi from Year 7, Morley Place Academy:

Do you know when a teacher says that you should never be able to put down a book well this is what this one did to me. I know some people don't like books well this one will definitely get you into reading. I thank the author of this book for all the happiness you give the readers of the book. Some people don't know what makes a good book like the cliff hangers and description of it but what a really good book does is lifts you of your feet and sucks you in. The most exciting thing about a book is that you can travel to a million places at once.

Marks out of 10: 6

Klaudia from Year 8, Hall Cross Academy:

The Wizards of Once is a spectacular book about a forbidden friendship between a wizard and a warrior. Similar to Cressida Cowell's previous book 'How to train your dragon' it revolves about two people or creature that may have been known to be enemy's and complete opposites but that's what brought them together. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoy's magic and loved her previous books. I specially like the authors uniqueness in writting. Only con about this novel is that the sketches though are well drawn and give a sense of an older era it does gives you a spoiler due to how eye-catching the sketches are.

Marks out of 10: 7

Rhyan from Year 6, Morley Place Academy:

I really enjoyed the book because it reminds us of Harry Potter. I in fact recommended this book to on of my classmates today. I hope I can wait to see more of Cressidaâ?™s book very soon.

Marks out of 10: 10

Toby from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Wizards of Once This book is filled with twists and turns and youâ?™ll never know whatâ?™s going to happen next. It has lots of cliff hangers, therefore it entices you to read further. I think this book would be best for 7 -13-year olds and people who like magic related things. My favourite part is when Wish (one of the main characters) finds out that she has the magic that works on iron, because it explains a lot of strange things that have happened earlier in the book. It isnâ?™t the best book ever because at the beginning it spends too long telling you about the characters. So, I give it a score of 7 out of 10. Do you think youâ?™ll be reading it soon?

Marks out of 10: 7

Courtney from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Wizards of Once is one of my all time favourite books because it has many twists. I would put in my favourite part but it is too much of a spoiler! I recommend this book 100%! Read it please!

Marks out of 10: 10

Alfie from Year 6, Morley Place Academy:

I love this book because people say books can take you in a million worlds and this book takes me into the most enchanted and magical world ever known in the book history.My favourite character is Wish because she is very naughty by obeying the rulesIt has been such a pleasure to read this book !!!!!!!!!!!I

Marks out of 10: 10

Lilian + Nicholas from Year 7, Hall Cross Academy:

We think that 'The Wizards Of Once' is a book to rival the early 'Harry Potter' books as it contains a vast majority of well-developed characters,even the minor ones! Additionally, the settings are all portrayed in a very meaningful manner, such as the Iron Warrior Fort; not only is it made apparent why it is named as such, but it also explain why wizards fear the fort so much: iron. You must read this book and find out why yourself!

Marks out of 10: 8

Harvey from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:

The Wizards Of Once is a truely amazing book with an interesting plot. Cressida really sets up the following book with a mystery that left me confused and amazed. In terms of the story, I think it was well written and utterly fantastic which helped me feel somewhat attached to the characters and sympathize with them- especially Wish.The author makes the plot interesting by adding different mystery through out. A good example is when the main characters are searching the queen's dungeons it shows a room which is filled with magic spell books even though she says she hates magic which could set up a plot twist later in the series without even going into too much detail about it.I love the main plot point: A young wizard boy called Xar is 13 and the son of one of the greatest sorcerers in the world but he doesn't have any magic so he ventures into the magic woods in hope of catching a witch and stealing its magic.The only problem is that witches have been extinct for years.This is all going on while warriors are trying to wipe out magic for good.One of these warriors-the queen's daughter Wish-has ventured into the woods with her body guard,an ancient,enchanted with slaying sword and an enchanted,sentient spoon.When they meet an adventure brews and a quest begins without them realising .My personal favorite character is Xar, the wizard boy as he is out cast by his clan because he is different and he just wants to have magic so he fits in.Overall, I think this is a fantastic book with interesting plot points and well written characters.

Marks out of 10: 9

Yasmin from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This book is really exciting and leaves you reading more. Xar who is a wizard boy who has no magic tries to obtain magic from a dark source. It gets interesting quick and I would recommend this for 7 to 13 year olds. My favourite part is when the spoon is sad.It has many twists and turns.READ IT!

Marks out of 10: 7

Chloe from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Filled with twists turns and surprises, this book is amazingly different and changes the way you think about the characters and other people. This book is strangely cool but entertaining. This book is a bit of a bore to read at the beginning but it's really exciting to read once you get into it. My favourite character is Wish because she is bold even though her mother gets her down sometimes. Wish is also a bit weird but confident and independent. Not a story for people who don't like magic and curiosity. This book is 100 percent recommended! I certainly enjoyed this book.Do you think you would you enjoy this book? The author makes me feel happy and more confident.

Marks out of 10: 8

Emily from Year 3, Adwick Primary School:

I love the Wizards of Once as it is an amazing book to read. In the first chapter we are introduced to a boy called Xar. My favourite character is probably the raven. I will wait until you get chance to read this fantastic book and not spoil it by telling you what happens. The main plot is that Xar and his brother go on a quest to see if they can find a witch. His brother doesnâ?™t think that witches are real. Xarâ?™s brother makes fun of him because he doesnâ?™t have any magic. Wizards should get there magic when they are 12 and Xar is 13. I hope you enjoy this amazing book as much as I did.

Marks out of 10: 9

Rosie from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

The wizard of once is a really good and exciting book. It is full with lots of twists and unexpected moments. In the book their is a character called Xar who is a wizard and has no magical powers. I would recommend this book the age of 7-15 years old. I think you should read this book if you like twists, excitement and adventures. READ IT!!!!

Marks out of 10: 8