I recently read Witch and Wizard by James Patterson. The basic plot is that Whit and Wisty (brother and sister) are arrested from their home in the middle of the night and accused of being a witch and a wizard. They grew up without any conscious idea that they might have magic and now they have to discover if they have the power to save the world.
I think that there is supposed to be some message for the society at large. The ruling government in Witch and Wizard is suppressing anything that smacks of creativity or free thought. They torture young children for being different. In fact as I write this I think the government is probably the ultimate description of a bully. Still while reading this the character development seems to be lacking as more emphasis is put on how evil the current government is and how the children will do anything to fight back so that they can be who they are. I don't feel like I really got to know Whit or Wisty other than they have a strong sense of family. Characters drive the story and the only character really interesting is the bad guy, The One Who is The One.