Wizard for Hire
Wizard for Hire
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Series: Wizard for Hire Vol. 1   

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Annotation: After fourteen-year-old Ozzy's scientist parents are kidnapped, Ozzy's only help may come through a classified ad that reads, "Wizard for Hire."
Catalog Number: #168045
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 410 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-629-72412-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-629-72412-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017040909
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
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.
Publishers Weekly
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. Ever since his scientist parents were abducted seven years ago, 14-year-old Ozzy Toffy has grown up alone in their remarkably well-stocked cabin in the Oregon woods, living on expired canned food and learning from the books they left behind, with Clark the raven as his only companion. When Ozzy grows curious about the outside world, he attempts to reassimilate into a society he barely knows, which inspires him to hire the wizard Labyrinth (also known as Rin) to help him find out what happened to his parents. Ozzy-s seven-year solo survival requires suspension of disbelief, but Skye (Mutant Bunny Island) 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 sometimes awkward but nevertheless successful, thanks to the tongue-in-cheek humor Skye weaves throughout the story. Ages 10-14. Agent: Laurie Liss, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 46 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 readersschool 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
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Word Count: 81,594
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 195337 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 670L
Ozzy's attention was stolen by a tiny classified ad on the bottom of the page.

Wizard for hire
Are you in a bind? Are your enemies at the gate? Is it time for some magic? Or perhaps you just need a good potion for sleeping. Call 555-spel


Ozzy shivered.

"Look at this!" He set the magazine down on the porch and Ozzy's mechanical raven hopped onto the page and read the small words.

"'Babysitter needed. Must have strong nerves'? I don't know how good a babysitter you'd be."

"No, not that one. The ad below it."

Clark read the right one.

"Wait, so wizards are real?"

"I told you." Ozzy was excited.

"And you can just call up a wizard and they do things for you?"

"Well, we can't call because we don't have phone. But I could call from town."

"Why do you want a wizard?"

"To find my parents."

Clark stared at Ozzy. "That is...the best idea I've heard in a long time."

"Right?" Ozzy said.

"Definitely right. This magazine has everything. Look, here's an ad for carpet cleaning."

"We don't have carpets."

"Sure, but if we ever did."

"Let's just focus on the wizard. If anyone knows where my parents went, it's him."

"Or her," Clark corrected.

"Then it would be a witch."

"Maybe he's married to one," Clark said. "Don't all wizards have to marry witches?"

"I don't think so."

"That's going to be my first question for him."

"I don't know if you should come when I meet him."

"Why, because a talking bird will confuse him? He's a wizard who may or may not have a witch wife."

"Okay, how about I just call him first."

"Good, but, it's getting dark and I haven't charged my batteries like I should. So, either light a candle or let me go settle into my nest."

"Just rest, we can't do anything until tomorrow."

"Goodnight, Oz."

"Goodnight, C."


Excerpted from Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye
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Fourteen-year-old Ozzy lives near Portland, Oregon, and is desperate for help. His scientist parents have been kidnapped after discovering a formula that enables mind control. Their work was so top secret Ozzy is afraid to go to the police, but without help, he fears he'll never find his parents. Then he stumbles across a classified ad in the local newspaper that says "Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL." Ozzy has read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but wizards couldn't actually exist today, could they? After Ozzy meets the wizard Labyrinth--aka Rin--he's even more skeptical.

Sure, Rin dresses like a wizard, but the short robe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox, as does Rin's habit of writing notes on his shoes and eating breakfast for every meal. Plus, Rin doesn't even cast any magic spells, which means that the unexplained coincidences that start happening around Ozzy are just that--coincidences.

With the help of a robotic-talking raven invented by Ozzy's father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and, of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he desperately seeks about his missing parents.


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