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I must confess that when I first looked at this book, I shuddered. I read the back and, to my absolute horror, thought it sounded like a stale Harry Potter clone. However, once I started reading the book, I quickly became lost in the intriguing story line.
At summer soccer camp tryouts, a bully slide-tackles 11-year-old Jason, giving him a bad sprain and ruining his soccer dreams. With his sprained foot, he faces a summer with his stepfather's Jell-Oobsessed mother, as his stepparents are going on a late honeymoon. Fortunately, his teacher entered one of Jason's written works in a national contest and won him a wonderful opportunity: a summer at a camp for "talented individuals." Jason accepts the offer and, before he knows it, is off on a bus to Camp Ravenwyng. Although his counselors seem a bit eccentric, he has no worries. After all, this is a camp for people with "talent."
Soon after arriving, though, things become a bit strange. On the first night, on the way to the restroom, a wolf-like creature attacks him. The scar where the creature bit him turns into a tiny crescent-shaped welt. A short time later, the true purposes of the camp are revealed: It is a training ground for students with magical abilities. Thought to be dead for centuries, magic is starting to revive, and Jason and his peers are to become the next generation of conjurers -- or, as the counselors prefer to say, Magickers.
All in all, I thought Magickers was a fun story. The book makes for easy reading, with simple vocabulary and a good pace. I would strongly recommend it to all Harry Potter fans and to lovers of fantasy -- old and young. (Lincoln Foran)