Wizard for Hire
By: Obert Skye
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars
Best for: 12 and up
Not what I expected–but what do I know? Wizard for Hire was fun AND funny!
I know Obert Skye from the Levin Thumps series, which I remember enjoying despite the whimsy. So when Wizard for Hire was published a couple of years ago and I came across the AWESOME art and Obert Skye’s name on the cover, I added to my list. The final book in the trilogy was published a couple of months ago, so it was finally time to jump in.
What I expected was a magical fantasy adventure. What I got was an adventure, but the magic was more in the moving story, charming characters, and laugh-out-loud silliness than in the fantastical. It worked, and I loved it.
Ozzy’s lived alone in the woods since he was 7 after his parents were kidnapped. Now he’s 14 and wants to experience High School and figure out what happened to his parents. Sneaking into High School and posing as a student isn’t too tough–but it is hilariously awkward. Getting help finding his parents without letting on that he’s a kid living alone? That’s much harder. Luckily he sees an add in the local paper: Wizard for Hire. Perfect!
Let the adventures begin! Problem solved! He’s IS a wizard, right? Right? Right…
That’s up for debate, but wizard or not, the fun is magical!
Book one ended without a cliff hanger, but there is still more story to tell.
I’m off to book 2!
Wizard for Hire has no content issues. Best for 12 and up.