The Wizard Of Rondo

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From best-selling author Emily Rodda comes a second stirring adventure for cousins Mimi and Leo in Rondo, the music-box world.

When Leo Zifkak inherited an antique music box from his stuffy great-aunt, he never expected that it might hide a wondrous secret. The music box is the portal to a new world, Rondo.

Leo's first visit to Rondo was to rescue his cousin, Mimi, and he almost lost his life. On his second visit, something much more important...

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Overview


From best-selling author Emily Rodda comes a second stirring adventure for cousins Mimi and Leo in Rondo, the music-box world.

When Leo Zifkak inherited an antique music box from his stuffy great-aunt, he never expected that it might hide a wondrous secret. The music box is the portal to a new world, Rondo.

Leo's first visit to Rondo was to rescue his cousin, Mimi, and he almost lost his life. On his second visit, something much more important is at stake - his soul. There's a wizard missing and an innocent young man accused of his death. If Leo and Mimi are to right this wrong, they're going to have to risk everything...

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Leo Zifkak has a very unique music box; the box allows him access to a world called Rondo. Rondo and its citizens come to life when Leo winds the music box. When Leo notices blue smoke coming from the Blue Queen's tower, Mimi realizes that she needs to go with Leo to find out what is happening in Rondo. Upon arriving, Leo and Mimi encounter Bertha, a very brave watch-pig, Freda, a very blunt duck and Conker. Bertha, Conker, and Freda are responding to a request to help a wizard's apprentice. In this sequel to Key to Rondo, Leo and Mimi must help their friends with a quest, as well as, try to outwit the Blue Queen. The story tries to combine humor, a quest, and fairy-tale allusions and introduce new-comers to Rondo's landscape. This very heavy combination may be asking too much of a middle school reader who is not familiar with the first book. Fans of Rodda's first book may enjoy being reacquainted with Leo, Mimi, and Bertha. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In the week that has passed since The Key to Rondo (Scholastic, 2008) took place, Leo Zifkak has been carefully studying the music box that contains the world of Rondo, searching for signs of his troublemaking Uncle Spoiler. When the paintings on the outside of the box show evidence that the evil Blue Queen is up to something, Leo and his impulsive cousin Mimi decide that it's time for them to return to Rondo. Once there, they are reunited with their friends Conker, Freda the duck, and Bertha the pig, and are sidetracked by a quest to determine the whereabouts of Bing, a wizard who vanished from the village of Hobnob. The appearance of a cloud palace over Hobnob appears to indicate that the wizard was taken by the Strix, an ancient being that "collects" unusual creatures. All this is a lot to take in, and the story tends to meander. However, Rodda makes up for it in the denizens of Rondo, who are instantly charming and display a variety of quirks, foibles, and virtues. Fans of Cornelia Funke's work will eagerly embrace this fairy-tale-laced world.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Leo and Mimi's second venture into Rondo, the world inside Leo's painted music box, provides frights, pleasures and as much poignant beauty as the first. Upon arrival, Mimi and Leo tackle a mystery with their old team, which includes a wry brown duck and a stylish pig of great strength and sentiment. Wizard Bing is missing and his apprentice arrested, so the team flies by carpet to the scene of the crime, acquiring a clingy, toddler-like cookpot along the way. Rodda flavors Rondo with abundant morsels of classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales, but her plot and prose are fresh and original. Despite clever humor and surreal touches (the apprentice is currently a mushroom), the atmosphere is primarily sober as the team confronts grave dangers and deceptions. The text provides clues for readers eager to solve. Familiarity with The Key to Rondo (2008) is the only prerequisite for loving Leo's dogged perseverance, Mimi's poignant loyalty, the team's frailty and bravery and this wondrous world populated by messenger mice and a singular bedraggled chicken named Moult. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545115162
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 793,956
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Emily Rodda is the author of the hugely successful Deltora Quest series, with over two million copies in print. Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year (Younger Readers) Award a record five times, she seems to know instinctively what children want to read. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    After discovering the key to Rondo, Leo and Mimi must continue to visit the magical land painted on the outside of the music box. If they don't, the Blue Queen will learn they tricked her.

    Though they have to return, they're determined not to become involved in the goings on of Rondo. Unfortunately, they're drawn into a quest that risks not only their lives, but also the entire fate of the land.

    The Wizard Bing has vanished and his assistant, Simon, is accused of murdering him. Simon's mother pleads for help. Leo, Mimi, and their quest companions set out to solve the mystery, and end up in terrible danger when they suspect the Ancient One of taking Bing.

    I loved THE WIZARD OF RONDO! This is a great series for young and old alike. Rodda's imagination knows no limits. I can't wait to read more and hope the next book in the series isn't long in coming!

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