Apprentice Needed, Volume 2


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Shadow Mountain
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5.6 X 1.4 X 7.8 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Obert Skye has traveled to all fifty states, visiting with children and librarians in hundreds of schools and inspiring people to read. Besides traveling and writing, he enjoys solving mysteries and collecting old maps. He is the bestselling author of the Leven Thumps series. Skye believes imagination is one of the most powerful things in the world because it's the vehicle that opens your mind to the impossible.


"There are two kinds of people in the moody, magical world of Apprentice Needed: those who are opposed to imagination, and those who understand what a powerful force it can be. The second novel in the Wizard for Hire series revisits the adventures of Ozzy, the wizard Rin, and a mechanical bird named Clark as they try to uncover the origins of a mysterious mind-control serum. Obert Skye has created a believable, lively world of magic and make-believe.

Whatever Rin's shortcomings, he has one great strength: he believes in Ozzy and magic, and is willing to power through whatever wild goose chase lies ahead. Sigi, Rin's daughter, is especially well-drawn, and her droll adolescent attitude is a nice foil for her dad's aggressive optimism.

This main plot would be sufficient to support the entire novel, but a second story is Turduckened inside it: Rin wants Ozzy to become his apprentice so that he can move on to the next level of wizardry. Both of these plots are well-developed...Apprentice For Hire is an ambitious second book that is full of wonderful, transporting exposition and realistic characters who pursue better-than-realistic adventures."-- "Foreword Reviews"
"It's the characters that...make the book work. Clark is an amusing diversion with his dry humor and obsession with mechanical objects. While Rin's suspicious lack of magical ability throws his wizardry into question, Ozzy's continuing wonder with the world is the real magic. A sequel that...continues to deliver mystery, humor, and real-life magic."-- "Kirkus"
"Rin, the madcap titular wizard for hire, is back again, and just in time! Skye does not disappoint with this silly sequel. It's as fun and fantastical as the first and filled to the brim with good
laughs. An adventure for any collection."-- "Booklist" (3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Thoroughly engaging and a prize for personal and public library YA fantasy collections."-- "Midwest Book Review" (3/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)