Wizard for Hire (Wizard for Hire Series #1)

Wizard for Hire (Wizard for Hire Series #1)

by Obert Skye


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629724126
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Wizard for Hire Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 33,419
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Obert Skye has traveled to all fifty states, visiting with children and librarians in hundreds of schools and inspiring people to read. Besides traveling and writing, he enjoys solving mysteries and collecting old maps. His bestselling Leven Thumps series has sold hundreds of thousands of copies nationwide, and he is also the author of The Creature in My Closet series, the Witherwood Reform School series, and the Pillagy trilogy. "Imagination is one of the most powerful things in the world," he declares. "It's the vehicle that opens your mind to the impossible."

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Ozzy's attention was stolen by a tiny classified ad on the bottom of the page.

Wizard for hire
Are you in a bind? Are your enemies at the gate? Is it time for some magic? Or perhaps you just need a good potion for sleeping. Call 555-spel

Ozzy shivered.

"Look at this!" He set the magazine down on the porch and Ozzy's mechanical raven hopped onto the page and read the small words.

"'Babysitter needed. Must have strong nerves'? I don't know how good a babysitter you'd be."

"No, not that one. The ad below it."

Clark read the right one.

"Wait, so wizards are real?"

"I told you." Ozzy was excited.

"And you can just call up a wizard and they do things for you?"

"Well, we can't call because we don't have phone. But I could call from town."

"Why do you want a wizard?"

"To find my parents."

Clark stared at Ozzy. "That is…the best idea I've heard in a long time."

"Right?" Ozzy said.

"Definitely right. This magazine has everything. Look, here's an ad for carpet cleaning."

"We don't have carpets."

"Sure, but if we ever did."

"Let's just focus on the wizard. If anyone knows where my parents went, it's him."

"Or her," Clark corrected.

"Then it would be a witch."

"Maybe he's married to one," Clark said. "Don't all wizards have to marry witches?"

"I don't think so."

"That's going to be my first question for him."

"I don't know if you should come when I meet him."

"Why, because a talking bird will confuse him? He's a wizard who may or may not have a witch wife."

"Okay, how about I just call him first."

"Good, but, it's getting dark and I haven't charged my batteries like I should. So, either light a candle or let me go settle into my nest."

"Just rest, we can't do anything until tomorrow."

"Goodnight, Oz."

"Goodnight, C."

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Wizard for Hire (Wizard for HIre Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadingCornerforAll More than 1 year ago
For fans of the epic “Leven Thumps” series and “Pillage” trilogy, look no more! When his parents are taken away from him at a young age, Ozzy Toffy learns to fend for himself in the forest with only the tape recordings of his parent’s voices for company. One day, Ozzy finds a secret key that unlocks a box holding one of his father’s greatest inventions: Clark a robotic, talking, and independently, thinking raven with an affinity for metallic objects. With newfound company, Ozzy begins to explore the world around him, and as the years pass, he is determined to find out what happened to his parents. So Ozzy enrolls in school where he tries to research more about his parents, and even makes friends with a girl his own age, Sigi. Through a stroke of fate, Ozzy and Clark see an ad stating ‘Wizard for Hire.’ With high hopes, Ozzy finds an unexpected friend in Rin a wizard who has more powers than the eye can see and ally with Sigi. So the team embarks on a quest of high speed chases, magical moments....and an unexpected revelation! In this comedic, original work only Obert Skye could create, readers are taken along on a fantastic adventure where you go from the first to last page in a matter of moments (it’s magic really!). Overall, to use an analogy fellow fans of the “Leven Thumps” series can appreciate, this book is FOO-tastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fun good teaching tool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really good read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young boy on his own. a mystery that involves faith in magic real and imagined. As one adventure ends another begins. I cannot wait for the next. I know. My review doesn't tell you anything. Read the book. You will not regret it. ???
quibecca More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book. Our main Character Ozzy and his family move to Portland, Oregon to to live in the solitude of the mountains. The first day Ozzy is allowed to go behind the cabin by himself to the little river, he hears screaming. He runs back to the house in time to see people dressed in green taking his parents away. Ozzy was only 7 years old. He was so scared and alone, but quickly learned how to take care of himself. Seven years after his parents go missing, Ozzy finds an interesting box from his father, he decides it's time to go and search for answers. This book had a lot of funny things happen. Ozzy not being around people for seven years, made him a little odd, but he didn't have any idea why people thought that. I love how confident he was because he didn't know any better. I wish all kids could be this confident. Knowing that it doesn't matter what the world thinks, just that they be a good person. When Ozzy goes looking for answers it doesn't quite happen like he thought it would. He sees an add in a local newspaper that says "Wizard for Hire", so he of course had to see if it was real. Then we get to meet Rin. Now he is a great character. In his funny clothes and eccentric personality make him one of a kind. Ozzy meets him tells him he is searching for his family and their alliance begins. With the two in search for his parents, a fun adventure starts to take place. With Ozzy's bird that he found that is father made the three of them made for a very unlikely crew. They worked well together, yet Ozzy wasn't always convinced that Rin was a "real" wizard. This was such an interesting book. I loved the characters, and the setting. I loved the world that Ozzy lived in and the one Rin seemed to live in. Skye's writing is amazing, and so much fun to read. It's one book I think I am going to have to read with my son, because it's great for middle grade kids. It's full of adventure, and interesting happenings. I hope you will take the time to read this one. It was such a great ride. Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
MichelleKenneth More than 1 year ago
This new YA book from Obert Skye is very different from most YA books I've read these past 20 years.  Most books have this fantastic, magical journey that is jam packed with action from start to finish.  This book, on the other hand, has the adventure, but it also has the emotion of loss and loneliness throughout the entire book. While I usually do a short description of what happened in the book, this time I am going to share only my thoughts. The title leads one to believe that this book is about magic, I believe it is more about facing reality.  While it seems unbelievable that a child could go seven years without human contact, caring only for themselves, could it indeed happen? When we take stories like Harry Potter into account, we see children diving into the world of magic without parents, but truthfully there are always adults around.  A teacher, parent or guardian is nearby willing to help the kids.  In this story, there are no adults for seven years.  Just a seven year old boy who is on his own with no electricity, a cellar full of food and everything he could possibly need to survive on his own. When Ozzy is introduced to his new non-human friend, a talking mechanical bird with a sentient mind, the story starts to push Ozzy outside of his comfort zone and into the world.  It is in the world where synchronistic moments begin to happen, from meeting his first human to asking a wizard to help him. I never could quite figure out if Rin was a real wizard or not.  Maybe there was some magic, but this is the real world.  Does magic even exist?  That is the question that is posed throughout the book.  While there are no wizarding schools like Hogwarts in our world today, could magic still exist? The answers Ozzy is looking for do not turn out well.  He discovers truths that could cost him his life.  His faith and trust in new friendships, and even in a little bit of magic is what saves him. This YA book is not like any other YA novel I've read in the last 2 decades.  In other YA books, you don't question whether you believe in magic.  You just do, because books are designed to transport you to new places of wonder, where you can escape reality.  Skye instead transports you to reality and makes you ask yourself if magic is real in our world. The answer to that question is in this book.  I know it makes me look at the world very differently now.