Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Age Group: Middle Grade
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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 even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.
Printed in the classified section of the New York Times on November 4th, 1876 was the following ad:
WANTED: ONE WIZARD’S APPRENTICE
Must be punctual, literate, courageous, clever, imaginative, adventurous, mysterious, open-minded, open-hearted, intuitive, and above all else must be trusted with some of the most secret and powerful knowledge in this world or any other.
No experience necessary.
Please send resume to:
Pendulum House, Number 19
Dark Street, on the Drift
New York, New York (Little London Town)
Oona Crane is the current Wizard’s Apprentice, or was until she decided to give it all up and stop using her natural magical talents forever. Instead, this precocious 12-year-old has decided to change her fate and work as a private detective—something that Little London Town desperately needs, given the incompetence of the police. Now her uncle, the Wizard, has to find her replacement. However, mysteries lie around every corner as things start disappearing all over town, so when cobblestones, dresses, and finally the Wizard go missing, it’s up to Oona and her faithful friend Deacon, an encyclopedic talking raven, to find out what’s really happening around Dark Street.
The setting and supporting characters are the perfect backdrop for the multiple mysteries that intersect throughout the story, but Oona carries it all with her spunk and curiosity. Smarts are a detective’s greatest advantage, and our heroine uses hers to forge through this adventure. Solving riddles, overcoming fears and past mistakes, and braving the unknown, her cleverness shines through the pages while the twists, turns and red herrings will keep the audience enjoying this delightful ride. The book contains enough bread crumbs to keep readers working to solve everything with the mischievous apprentice. A fun first installment in this middle grade mystery series.