The Magician's Tower: A Sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street

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In her first big case, Oona Crate was able to solve the mystery of her uncle's--the wizard of Dark Street--disappearance while exposing Red Martin as a criminal mastermind. Despite her success, Oona's detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge arises to capture her attention - The Magician's Tower Contest. Held every two years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks, riddles, and obstacles. Now brave souls--includ­ing Oona--from all over Dark Street will enter the contest in ...
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Overview

In her first big case, Oona Crate was able to solve the mystery of her uncle's--the wizard of Dark Street--disappearance while exposing Red Martin as a criminal mastermind. Despite her success, Oona's detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge arises to capture her attention - The Magician's Tower Contest. Held every two years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks, riddles, and obstacles. Now brave souls--includ­ing Oona--from all over Dark Street will enter the contest in hopes of becoming the first successful contestant.

As the contest commences, a new case arises. A punchbowl--one with great magical powers--has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician's Tower.

If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her long-standing question about her mother and sister's death ­was she really at fault?

Full of magic, mystery, danger, and fun, The Magician's Tower continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Melissa Moore
Oona is a marvelously gifted magician, but she wants to be a detective instead. Intrigued by the Contest of the Magician's Tower, which requires both mental and physical strength and has never been won, Oona enters but finds herself distracted by memories of her mother's death as well as a missing Punch Bowl Oracle. This clever sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (2011) features an admirable heroine and an original plot laced with logic puzzles. Fantasy lovers will have a great time with this one.
Kirkus Reviews
Can Oona meet the challenges of the Magician's Tower? Three months after 13-year-old Natural Magician Oona Crate's last mysterious and magical adventure (The Wizard of Dark Street, 2011), the time has come for the Magician's Tower Competition. Every five years, a new tower is built along Dark Street, the only conduit between Faerie and New York City, with new challenges, physical and mental, installed on each floor. Contestants compete through four days of elimination challenges in hopes of reaching the final challenge: a puzzle box no one has solved in the 500 years the contest has been running. Oona sets aside her Wizard's apprentice duties to compete against her old acquaintances and rivals Adler and Isadora Iree and Roderick Rutherford, among others. Can she beat them and reach her goal or will she be distracted by the mystery of the missing punch bowl? Odyssey's sequel suffers from many of the same problems as its predecessor. Though it is set in 1877, the historical setting is given nary a nod. The characters don't rise above clichés, and each has one characteristic trait that quickly grows old. The flabby prose teems with detail but pays little attention to it once it is introduced. Oona's back story has a mystery or two left; sequels will likely follow and hopefully improve. (Fantasy. 9-11)
Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
Oona Crate, Wizard's Apprentice, takes on a new challenge to conquer the Magician's Tower in this sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street. Her watchword is "Give me facts" and she loves to reason logically. However, her faerie blood gives her incredibly strong magic and her inability to harness it coupled with the death of her mother and sister infuse her with guilt. She can be emotionally fragile. When she faces the challenge of the tower, she loses her focus as she pursues random clues and strange happenings. Two less intelligent and magical peers seem to solve the tower clues even more rapidly than she and Oona suspects that the clues and answers have been stolen. However, she conquers this and other distractions to reach the top of the tower, only to discover that her worst nightmares have come true. Can Oona save the enchanted Dark Street, caught between New York City and Faerie, from the evil Red Martin's power grab? Can she remember the right spell at the right time? Can she apply it with the correct amount of force? Readers will enjoy the mix of reality and enchantment in the book, Oona's burgeoning romance with Adler, and the variety of characters from an enchanted elf in servitude to a blustering bully of a father, raising a son just like him. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Amateur detective and wizard's apprentice Oona Crate returns in this sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (Egmont USA, 2011). Her beloved Dark Street is a liminal, magical location. One end opens to New York City at midnight and the other serves as a gateway to smuggled items from the treacherous Faerie realm. Every five years, Dark Street hosts the Magician's Tower Contest, replete with word puzzles and physical challenges designed to eliminate contestants one by one. Oona; her friend Adler; his sneaky sister Isadora; and Isadora's boyfriend, Roderick, enter the contest, but Oona suspects Isadora and Roderick of cheating. She finds it difficult to concentrate on contest clues as she fights Faerie objects that attack Dark Street residents and attempts to solve an intriguing mystery. Odyssey continues to provide solid middle-grade mystery enrobed in an appealing fantasy milieu. A traditional mystery structure and word puzzles mix nicely with action-packed magical stunts. The story summarizes the events of the first book so new readers can follow along. Returning readers will relish clues regarding the fates of the smuggler Red Martin and Oona's fairy butler, Samuligan. Discerning readers may solve the mystery before the end, but Oona's continued anxiety over her magic powers provides an interesting subplot. Although Oona sometimes lacks emotional depth, her detective work is stimulating. Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm (Abrams, 2005) readers will find this series worth following.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606844250
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,350,066
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Shawn Thomas Odyssey is the Edgar and Agatha Award nominated author of The Wizard of Dark Street. When he isn't writing novels, he is a profes­sional music composer for film and TV, with works including HBO's Deadwood. You can continue to explore the world of Dark Street at www.thewizardofdarkstreet.com.
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