Wizard for Hire, 1


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$17.99  $16.73
Shadow Mountain
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5.6 X 7.8 X 1.5 inches | 1.1 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. His bestselling Leven Thumps series has sold hundreds of thousands of copies nationwide, and he is also the author of The Creature in My Closet series, the Witherwood Reform School series, and the Pillagy trilogy. "Imagination is one of the most powerful things in the world," he declares. "It's the vehicle that opens your mind to the impossible."


"A captivating novel that straddles the line between fantasy and reality. Skye's pages rollick with charm and exciting encounters. Phrasing plays entrancingly with truisms. Characterizations tackle the casual racism of small town America with frank sensitivity. The story's twists hold at their fore one important thought: the truest kind of magic may come from honoring our individuality. That sense of wonder permeates Wizard for Hire's irresistible pages, which celebrate the irrepressible magic of being authentic and unique." -- (01/01/2018)
"Skye pens a clever coming-of-age tale filled with possible magic, definite mystery, and a hearty helping of humor. Ozzy's wide-eyed optimism is heightened by Clark's wry wit and Rin's ridiculous worldview, but his boundless spirit and willingness to take risks are what will keep the pages turning. A stand-alone standout for fans of Leven Thumps."-- (01/01/2018)
"A wild adventure that involves everything from magic spells to malevolent corporations. Rin is both everything expected from a wizard and nothing at all like the magical men from books. Like other books by Skye, this story starts out happily and is quickly turned on its ear. It's equal parts sinister, funny, and fantastical, so longtime fans wont' be disappointed."--Booklist
"In this offbeat series opener, a young man searches for his parents with the aid of a self-proclaimed wizard, a resourceful girl, and a talking mechanical raven...Skye wisely keeps Rin's nature ambiguous--is he magical or delusional?--while playing up the theme of found family. The juxtaposition of weird science and dodgy magic is...successful, thanks to the tongue-in-cheek humor Skye weaves throughout the story."-- (01/22/2018)
"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. Winning characters and witty humor elevate the plot. A solid purchase for large collections where light magical fantasy circulates."-- (02/01/2018)
"A novel of magic and wonder that will leave fans of Harry Potter excited for this new adventure into the realm of magic, mystery, and adventure. Skye's skill as a storyteller brings the reader in to his world... The depth of the characters and how they grow throughout the book--learning from their mistakes, opening up to relationships even if it leaves them vulnerable, and learning to trust--is what sticks with the reader, leaving them to think about the book long after the last page is turned."-- (03/15/2018)
"A thoroughly clever and unabashedly entertaining read from first page to last...Will prove to be an enduringly popular addition. Written with a depth of heart and breadth of appeal that transcends generations. Highly recommended."
-- (03/22/2018)