New Book from T.A. Barron: The Wisdom of Merlin


The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life by T.A. Barron

Age Range: 10 and up  

Grade Level: 5 and up

Hardcover: 80 pages

Publisher: Philomel Books (March 24, 2015)

Genre: Inspirational/self-help

Source: From author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A book of advice from Merlin, the greatest wizard of all time

Based on an address he gave to students at the University of Oxford in 2013, T.A. Barron, author of the New York Times bestselling Merlin Saga, channels the wizard Merlin and offers advice on how to live a meaningful life.  Divided into sections, each revolving around a magical word, this book poetically explores the concepts of Gratitude, Courage, Knowledge, Belief, Wonder, Generosity, Hope, and Love.

A gem of inspiration, this is the perfect graduation gift, sure to encourage readers of all ages to live life to the fullest.

Praise for The Wisdom of Merlin:

“Perfect for a graduate’s gift.”–Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author:

T.A. Barron ( is the New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin saga, the Heartlight saga, Tree Girl, The Hero’s Trail, Atlantis Rising, and many picture books. He lives in Colorado with his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @TABarronAuthor.

My Thoughts:

This is a lovely little gem of a book. It’s only 76 pages long, but it’s a beautiful guide for life for young people. Fans of T.A. Barron’s Merlin series will love the wisdom and advice he (Merlin) shares in it.  It provides a positive, hopeful approach to living life. It also encourages kids to be their best selves and to love everyone. It doesn’t go into tons of detail, but each section, or “word” focuses on a different aspect that can make a life better and have more meaning. This would be great for kids that have read the Merlin series or are looking to add some positivity to their lives.

Content: clean


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