Pure Middle-Grade Magic!
by Obert Skye
Series: Wizard for Hire (Book 2)
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
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Ozzy Toffy’s adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.
More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the wizard he hired to help find his parents—but Rin is missing, despite Ozzy’s continual attempts to contact him. And Clark, the mechanical bird his father left him, is as peculiar and vain as ever.
When a mysterious package arrives, Ozzy and his good friend Sigi are sure that the plane ticket and thumb drive they find inside are from Rin. Trying to get Clark through security at the airport proves complicated—as most things are with Clark. But when they arrive in New York, they discover there’s even more adventure in store for them.
Will Rin return and save the day? Will Ozzy figure out why he keeps walking into the ocean? Can Sigi find a way to trust her delinquent father? Will someone please appreciate Clark the way he’d like to be appreciated? For once?
Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed is a story filled with humor and excitement that shows us the magic in everyday things.
Wizard For Hire: Apprentice Needed is the second book in a series that has turned out to be nothing short of pure middle-grade magic!
Backstory is important, so if you missed book one, Wizard for Hire, run to your nearest bookstore, library, or digital dealer and get a copy. I know someone reading this will say, “fantasy is not my schtick.” Don’t let that stop you. The wizard in question, Rin (short for Labyrinth), is less Dumbledore/Gandalf and more 21st-century Zen philosopher/slacker. Our protagonist, Ozzy, and his friend Sigi (who is also Rin’s daughter) even have their doubts about the validity of Rin’s claims to wizardry.
In book one, then 14 year-old Ozzy hired Rin to locate his long lost parents. All kinds of craziness and adventure ensued, including much madness and mayhem involving a sentient metal raven named Clark.
In book two, the cast of Ozzy (now fifteen), Rin, Sigi, and Clark has returned for even more madcap adventure. Rin, back in the wizarding world of Quarfelt, contacts Ozzy in Oregon with a cryptic message: “the time has come…things are happening”. Meanwhile, Ozzy is experiencing mysterious compulsions that put him in dangerous situations where he has no awareness of what’s he doing — think sleepwalking, but Ozzy is awake, just mentally checked out. Ozzy’s lawyer gives him some items Ozzy’s parents had stashed in a safe deposit box that only lead to more questions. On top of all that, a strange man delivers a flash drive with a ticket to and from New York for Ozzy. Could it be Rin trying to reach out? To find answers to all the questions within these crazy happenings, you’re going to have to read the book!
Ozzy, Sigi, Rin, and Clark are a quirky, lovable, memorable bunch I can’t get enough of. And the best part? There will be a third book coming so the adventure will go on!
— Dawn Teresa
5 of 5 Hearts. Pure Middle-Grade Magic!
Here’s what you’ll find between the covers of Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed: a well-paced and fast moving tale, full of interesting characters with great interplay who will bring you a lot of laughs and even more fun!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for providing me with a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”