Witch & Wizard

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Witch & Wizard
Witch and Wizard Cover.jpeg
Cover Art
Author James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Illustrator Kyle Schyma
Cover artist Larry Rostant
Country United States
Language English
Series Witch & Wizard
Genre Fiction, Children's literature, Fantasy
Publisher Little Brown and Company
Publication date
December 14, 2009[1]
Media type Hardback
Pages 307[1]
ISBN 0316036242
Followed by Witch & Wizard: The Gift

Witch & Wizard is the first novel of the Witch & Wizard series, written by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet. It chronicles a dystopian future in which Whit and Wisty Allgood are arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to execution during the uprising of a new totalitarian government, for unknowingly possessing outlawed magical abilities. The novel was published on December 14, 2009.


  • Wisteria 'Wisty' Allgood -is a rebellious fifteen-year-old who is shocked to discover her magical ability. Her main power is the ability to burst into flames at random moments. She is the sister of Whitford 'Whit' Allgood.
  • Whitford 'Whit' Allgood - An eighteen-year-old 'All-American' athlete. He secretly struggles with depression after the unexplained disappearance of the girl he was in love with - Celia. Whit is a wizard, with the power to conjure food, objects, and animals. He can also move objects with his mind. He is also a powerful healer.
  • Celia - Whit's girlfriend who disappeared mysteriously months before the beginning of the book. She was killed by the government but still exists as a Half-light.
  • Byron Swain - A classmate of the Allgoods, who betrays them to the government. Wisty turns him into a weasel (prompting her to call him the "Tattling Weasel" for the rest of the book), . He realizes that he is also madly in love with Wisty and would do anything for her.
  • Janine - A teenage girl who is usually the leader of the resistance group and is described as a 'cute girl' by Whit. She is best friends with Margo and devastated when she is killed.
  • Sasha - Sasha first appears when he rescues the Allgood siblings in the Shadowland. He later lies to them in order to enlist their help in a jail break. Sasha is lanky, with overgrown black hair.
  • The One - the face of the government. Despite being a figure of great power and authority, he conducts himself politely and with quiet dignity. It is strongly implied that he is an evil wizard, possibly on a mission to eradicate all his enemies (meaning the Allgoods). He is after Wisty's Gift, which is controlling fire and electricity. He can also control water, earth, and wind.
  • Lost Ones - Warmth-consuming zombies, who were once humans who got lost in Shadowland.
  • Feffer - the loyal 'Hellhound' who accompanied Whit and Wisty through their first journey through Shadowland.
  • Ben and Eliza Allgood – Whit and Wisty's parents.Ben is a wizard like Whit. Eliza is a witch like Wisty.
  • Margo – Commando and team leader for the break-in at the Overworld Prison
  • Johnathan- A person in the team but he betrays them


Daniel Kraus of Booklist said “It's got an enticing prologue”.[2] however “The meandering plot seems to make up the rules as it goes along.”.[2] publishers weekly also criticized the novel as being “The authors rely on coincidence and plot holes.”.[3] Lisa praised witch and wizard as “New readers will be able to easily grasp the situation and characters”.[4] Danny complimented the author's use of “And Patterson's trademark bite-size chapters at least keep things zippy.”[2]

“Plenty of introductory text sneaks into the dialogue and the premise itself is simple even simplistic.” Book review, Brief article, Young adult review.[4]

“Which suffers from some questionable storytelling choices.” Book review, Brief article, Young adult review.[4]

“The story is further undercut by frequent recapping and short chapters, alternately narrated by the siblings, which break up the narrative for no perceivable reason.” Book review, Brief article, Children's review.[3]

“There's some fun world-building, including a stream of thinly disguised pop culture references in Wisty and Whit's alternate world (from the books of Gary Blotter to the artist Margie O'Greeffe), but even these are inconsistent (their world also includes Red Bull and the adjective Dickensian) and come across as groaners.” Book review, Brief article, Children's review.[3]


Book 2 of the Witch & Wizard series has a blue G on the cover and is titled Witch & Wizard: The Gift, and concludes with "to be continued", as did the first novel. It was released December 15, 2010. The third book, Witch & Wizard: The Fire, was released on December 5, 2011. It has a big F on the front cover on fire the same way the first book's cover is shown to be on fire. The fourth book, Witch & Wizard: The Kiss, was released on February 4, 2013. Although there are other short graphic novels that include the witch and wizard "W" in a multitude of colors, they are not to be with the others in the series. The fifth and final book in the series, titled The Lost, was released on December 15, 2014.


  1. ^ a b Witch and Wizard on amazon.com
  2. ^ a b c Kraus, Daniel. "Witch & Wizard". Booklist. Retrieved Dec 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Witch &Wizard". Retrieved Nov 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Martincik, Lisa. "Patterson, James and Dara Naraghi. Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland". Retrieved Feb 2011.