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The Wizard of Dark Street

The Wizard of Dark Street

4.6 33
by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

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Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve


Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.

Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

“Delightful cover art will attract Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman readers, who will enjoy the quirky characters and offbeat humor. Upbeat in tone, this delight is an excellent blend of fantasy and mystery with a variety of suspicious characters and enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing all the way to the end…”
- Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Set in 1877, in a liminal world that divides and protects the Land of Faerie from the Land of Man (New York City), Odyssey's nimble debut novel introduces pragmatic 12-year-old Oona Crate, first in line to be her wizard uncle's apprentice. She is human, but has the gift of "natural magic." Due to Oona's accidental misuse of this gift, which resulted in her family's death, she has an aversion to all things magic, instead setting her sights on becoming a detective. Meanwhile, her desperate uncle advertises for an apprentice, which draws a motley crew, including a young witch and an enigmatic blind actor. Everyone becomes a suspect when lavish gowns are stolen from Madam Iree's shop, and Oona's uncle vanishes, following an assault with a magical object. Oona journeys into Dark Street's labyrinthine domains to solve the mystery, while struggling to reconcile her remorse and distrust of magic with her loyalty to her uncle. Odyssey's lyrical descriptions ("It was a place as ancient as the wind, where candlestick trees replaced light posts, and street clocks told jokes as well as time") and consummate world-building result in a wonderfully fresh fantasy-detective story. Ages 8-12.
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Kirkus Reviews

Oona would rather solve cases than cast spells, but her decision not to apprentice to her uncle, The Wizard of Dark Street, has disastrous consequences.

In 1877, 12-year-old Oona is a rare natural magician, but she has reasons beyond an interest in detection to shun her magical heritage—personal reasons. Although she lives with her magician uncle on Dark Street, last of the 13 roads between the worlds of Man and Faerie, Oona wants to follow in her dead father's gumshoe footsteps and solve crimes. When the ceremony to name a new apprentice to The Wizard ends abruptly with the disappearance of her uncle and prompts local crime boss Red Martin to attempt to take possession of Pendulum House, magical linchpin of Dark Street and traditional home of The Wizard, Oona and her talking raven Deacon are on the case. Odyssey's debut is a sad thicket of extraneous detail and repetitive exposition with a regrettably unexplored historical setting. Oona is engaging enough, but those around her don't rise to her level of characterization. The mystery offers some appeal, but the "magical" setting is a pale reflection of Diagon Alley.

The interesting and satisfying conclusion to the mystery just doesn't make the long rambling journey worth the trip. (Fantasy/mystery. 9-12)

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In 1877, Dark Street is a Diagon Alley. It sits between New York City and Faerie, open at midnight to New Yorkers and, after the Great Faerie War, firmly barred to Faerie by the Glass Gates. The vigilant Wizard of Dark Street tends its magical presence. By tradition, his niece, 12-year-old Oona Crate, is next in line to be his apprentice, but she has renounced her magical abilities because of an accident she once caused. Now she concentrates on detective work, which she must employ when her uncle vanishes right before naming his successor. Oona has a wide list of suspects to interrogate, including a witch, a blind man, a "Muggle" boy from New York, and obnoxious Isadora from across the street. Ably assisted by her talking raven and her Faerie servant, Oona sets out to prove that magic is no match for her powers of observation. This mystery has an intriguing cast of characters and classic detective elements. The concept of a magical street filled with quirky denizens will please readers, as will Oona's independent spirit. Boys and girls will appreciate the protagonist's magical Nancy Drew-type capers and her straightforward style. Less satisfying is her facile ability to forget that her magic once killed her family and to reclaim her magical heritage. Perhaps this disconnect as well as the lurking Faerie denizens will be dealt with in further volumes. Hand this one to readers who like their fantasy with a strong mystery thread.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

Product Details

Publication date:
Oona Crate Mystery Series
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Shawn Thomas Odyssey is a professional music composer for film and TV, with works including HBO’s Deadwood and the video game release of Kung Fu Panda. He is married to a mysterious dancer whom he met while working at a haunted theater. Shawn lives in Nevada City, California, and you can visit him online at www.shawnthomasodyssey.com.

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The Wizard of Dark Street 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
While most kids would kill to be the next Harry, Hermione, or Ron, Oona gives up her apprenticeship with the Wizard of Dark Street to pursue her dream of becoming the next Sherlock. All she has to do is to help her Wizard uncle find a worthy replacement. Easy as cat's craddle until someone decides to do away with her uncle. Now Dark Street is without a Wizard - and Oona must figure out who was behind her uncle's death and how to save the Wizard's legacy from the greedy clutches of the Red Martin. I had some reservations when I began The Wizard Of Dark Street, but for some inexplicable reason (of a magical nature, I'm sure), I forgot all about them and simply enjoyed this MG read that can very easily be devoured by fans of Harry Potter. A mysterious neighborhood in New York that appears to a normal passerby in the dead of night? A girl immersed in all things magical, but wishes to renounce that to be a sleuth? It may sound a little elementary, dear Readers, but The Wizard Of Dark Street will entice you to give it a whirl and keep you in its charming thrall until the very last page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did anyone else get Adler Iree... Irene Adler... Oona Crate... the next Sherlock
Erin_N More than 1 year ago
Within the space between two worlds exists the last of the 13 faire roads called Dark Street. Situated on the North end of the street are the Iron Gates. These gates connect Dark Street to New York City at precisely 12am every night. At the South end of the street are the odious Glass Gates. These gates lead to the world of the fairies and were sealed 500 years ago by the great magicians at the end of the Faire Wars. Dead center of Dark Street is the Pendulum House which is home to the Wizard. "The first lesson that any new apprentice learned was that, should the Glass Gates ever fall, it was the current Wizard's responsibility to access the magic stored in the walls of Pendulum House in order to protect the World of Man." Between the gates and surrounding the wizard, an entire community arose, complete with museums, theaters, dress shops, and casinos. It was into this world that the Wizard's apprentice and niece was born and it was in this world that she wished to resign her apprenticeship and, instead, become a criminal investigator like her departed father. Oona Crate, a natural magician, despised her magical abilities and wished to peruse a life of logic and science. Orphaned at a young age, 12 year old Oona formally sets her apprenticeship aside only to be caught up in an intrigue involving her uncle's apparent murder and a crime wave that threatens the very stability of Dark Street. The Wizard of Dark Street is a brilliant mix of fantasy, adventure, and mystery for the young reader (and the adult reader!). Shawn Thomas Odyssey does a fantastic job of creating a captivating mystical world where magic lives right alongside the mundane. Odyssey combines the best of Rowling and Christie to create a new genre: Fantastical Mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You may be forcemated or killed. Beware.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Byye. Bloodclan, here i come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To DarkClan : I am invited you to join the TUC or also known as Together United Clan. More Information at ' TUC' result 1 or 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. Moo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giggles pawing Lillypaw's tail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, i never thought i'd get so many compliments. I find my sense of humour to be a little dry... but thx anyway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks out
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Runs out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sunnytooth you little :) Devil sighwd and padded away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She grs shadkit and runs to bloodclan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
( I'll come back another time, too busy right now.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Givin up here. Too much other c<_>rap to do...))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She went there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falls asleep, covered with waffles and sleeping on waffles. Gtg bbt early day tomorrow for me
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I expanded camp and the new camp is apparantly directory of ohio and everyone thinks its the new official camp. Im sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paded to the nursry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eat you alive, and use your arms for beating sticks to beat your children. And nobody cares if you kill that leafpaw guy or whatever because it doesNt hurt at all. And just because you say you killed Leafpaw doesnt mean you ACTUALLY KILL HER.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jumps through the magical waffle portal to the new camp XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can i join
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think silver vine can spare u milk im her adopted kit