Study Guide

Witch and Wizard Genre

By James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Genre

Fantasy; Young Adult Literature; Dystopian Literature

The title of the book likely clued you into the fact that Witch and Wizard is a work of fantasy. We don't have magical beings here in the real world, much to Shmoop's intense disappointment. We do, however, have young adult literature, and there are a few clues that Witch and Wizard fits the bill. Its protagonists are both teens, for one thing, and for another, the persecuted class just so happens to be kids. Heck, half the book takes place in a children's prison.

Speaking of which… all that prison stuff, along with other evidence of the New Order's oppressive government (soldiers, unfair trials, executions, and so on) are the hallmarks of dystopian literature. From Garfunkel's, the bombed-out department store, to Whit and Wisty's demolished home, things aren't as they were—and that's not a good thing.

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