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 Wizard for hire (Wizard for hire)
 Author: Skye, Obert

 Publisher:  Shadow Mountain (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 410 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 823627 ISBN: 9781629724126
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Wizards -- Fiction
 Parents -- Fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Brainwashing -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

[Book 1] After fourteen-year-old Ozzy's scientist parents are kidnapped, Ozzy's only help may be a classified ad that says "Wizards for hire."

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 195337
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 20.0   Quiz: 77014

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/18)
   School Library Journal (02/01/18)
   Booklist (02/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 4–6—When Ozzy Toffy's family moves to the Oregon woods, the frightening kidnapping of his parents leaves him alone in a remote cabin. Years later, the 14-year-old has survived on his own, teaching himself from the collection of books and papers his parents left and eating from a well-stocked pantry of canned food. But after the discovery of a collection of tapes from his parents and a mechanical talking bird named Clark, Ozzy ventures out into the world to find his family and experience life outside the secluded cabin. He attends school, tries fast food, and buys new clothes for the first time before requesting the help of a breakfast-loving "wizard" named Rin. Ozzy's orphan story is a trope that many readers will have seen before, but his charisma and quick wits make his interaction with a world familiar to most readers—school and restaurants especially,—more interesting. Characters grow and change throughout, and dialogue is delightful, especially between Rin, the eccentric wizard who performs no magic, and Ozzy. While readers might expect resolutions via impressive magic, it's strokes of luck, quick thinking, or fast-talking that often save the day. VERDICT Winning characters and witty humor elevate the plot. A solid purchase for large collections where light magical fantasy circulates.—Thomas Jonte, Pensacola State College, FL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/01/2018 Ozzy’s life is, in a word, idyllic. He lives in the woods in a little cottage with his doctor parents, where he learns and grows every day. He has a garden and a great library of books to read to his mother and father. Nothing that quietly perfect can last forever, of course, and Ozzy’s world shatters when his parents are kidnapped by large, angry men. Five years after their disappearance, the boy finds secrets stashed away, and seeks help to uncover the mysteries his parents left behind. He finds it, almost accidentally, in a wizard called Rin, who is both everything he expected from a wizard and nothing at all like the magical men from his books. Along with Ozzy’s new friend Sigi, they embark on a wild adventure that involves everything from magic spells to malevolent corporations. Like other books by Skye (Mutant Bunny Island, 2017), this story starts out happily and is quickly turned on its ear. It’s equal parts sinister, funny, and fantastical, so longtime fans won’t be disappointed. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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