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....
|Title||:||Wizard for Hire|
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Wizard for Hire Reviews
I have always been a fan of Obert Skye and his humor and this book did not let me down. I was given an arc at a library conference (thank you!) and I can’t wait for it to come out so my students can read it. Ozzy is a young boy living in the forest with his super smart parents when something tragic happens and he is left alone to survive. As he gets older, a cast of quirky characters join him including Clark, a metal bird, and Rin, a wizard for hire. There is a lot of humor and funny stuff as we ...more
I haven't been reading much YA (or actually maybe Wizard for Hire would be considered Middle Grade), but it's nice to get into books in this genre for a quick and entertaining read.
Wizard for Hire is well-written, and although it's just over 400 pages, it really doesn't take too long to read. There's quite a bit of humor, and especially for a book geared toward a younger audience, I appreciated that that aspect takes away from the grief and pain associated with Ozzy's situation.
I wasn't sure w ...more
This was such a great book. Our main Character Ozzy and his family move to Portland, Oregon to to live in the solitude of the mountains. The first day Ozzy is allowed to go behind the cabin by himself to the little river, he hears screaming.
He runs back to the house in time to see people dressed in green taking his parents away. Ozzy was only 7 years old. He was so scared and alone, but quickly learned how to take care of himself. Seven years after his parents go missing, Ozzy finds an interesti ...more
This book was captivating! I took it to an event I knew I was going to have to wait a bit at, that I went to with my daughter. By the time the event was over, we had both read about half of it.
I love the way that this book sucks you in from the very first page. I loved Ozzy and I felt so sad for him when his parents were taken away from him. I can't even imagine leaving a 7 year old to face the world alone. I knew as a parent how I would feel if this were what had happened to me and it kept me ...more
I loved this book!
It’s a cross between Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. There were lots of Harry Potter references in this book. Since Ozzy lives in a cabin in the forest, he hasn’t had much contact with the outside world. Most of the things he knows about school, he learned from Harry Potter, such as that schools are closed on weekends and holidays. The way that his parents disappeared under suspicious circumstances reminded me of the Beaudelaire children’s parents in A Series o ...more
For fans of the epic “Leven Thumps” series and “Pillage” trilogy, look no more!
When his parents are taken away from him at a young age, Ozzy Toffy learns to fend for himself in the forest with only the tape recordings of his parent’s voices for company. One day, Ozzy finds a secret key that unlocks a box holding one of his father’s greatest inventions: Clark a robotic, talking, and independently, thinking raven with an affinity for metallic objects.
With newfound company, Ozzy begins to explore ...more
When Ozzy was seven, his scientist parents suddenly packed up and left New York for a cabin deep in the Oregon wilderness. Not long after, the cabin was raided by men in green who kidnapped Ozzy's parents and left Ozzy for dead. Thus Ozzy grew up alone, living off the canned food his parents had stored in the basement, and listening to cassette tapes he found hidden, with strange stories of normal people who suddenly did inexplicable things--inexplicable even to them. At some point, Ozzy finds C ...more
This book was good! Unfortunately, I think it's just not the kind of thing I'm ever going to be super jazzed up by. Ozzy was sympathetic, there was a lot of humor, the "is-he-a-wizard-or-just-a-crazy-man" mystery with Labyrinth, etc.... All of it was fine, but I've never done well with absurdity, and too much craziness crowded out my ability to care about the characters.