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On one dark and windy night, Ozzy steps out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean. It's as if someone is controlling Ozzy's mind. He's saved by Sigi - Rin's daughter - and Clark, a mechanical robot bird. More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the Wizard for Hire. 

When a mysterious package arrives in the mail containing a plane ticket and a thumb drive, Ozzy is certain it's from Rin. But when Ozzy, Sigi, and Clark arrive in New York, Rin isn't there. Instead they are met by the man who was the money behind the mind-controlling "discipline serum" created by Ozzy's parents. Ozzy was the final test case and is now the key to discovering the serum's secret. He is a very valuable boy. Once again, he's on the run. 

As fate would have it, Rin appears just in time. But Rin's goal is more than a rescue mission. He needs an apprentice to cement his status and notoriety in the magical realm of Quarfelt - assuming the place even exists. As Rin's apprentice, Ozzy must complete five tasks to receive the Gift of Wonder. Ozzy is willing to help, but is now really the best time to enter a contest for wizards when something is controlling his mind? Especially when someone is out to destroy the people he loves?

©2019 Obert Skye (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic story and characters!

Another great addition to the series. My likes and dislikes remain the same from the first book. I even saw some character progression, which was nice. The characters are, by far, my favorite part of the book. They make me laugh out loud. They make me feel for them. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but I am hoping the third book will fix that. Side note, we listened to this and Kirby Heyborne does a fantastic job narrating. But someone needs to please tell him not to YELL when the character yells (there is a lot of adjusting the volume while listening).

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fun fun fun

there were a couple parts that were over the top, but the book was was laugh out loud funny highly recommend

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Worth the price

As a freebie, a book can earn a higher score from me. By the end of book one, it was clear that this series is a full-blown parody. But by situating it in the real world, it kind of confuses expectations; and the real world inaccuracies irritate more than enhance the story. I can accept the series of ambiguous "magical" events, but the Keystone Cops, the driving with no prior experience, the road trip to New Mexico, the flying to New York, and the boating 12 miles out into the open Pacific all require a real commitment to disbelief suspension. At least in this volume, Skye gets Oregon politics right. But our young protagonist must be drawing from some magical reservoir of real world knowledge not predictable from living totally cut off from humanity from 7 to 14. When this volume started off with quick allusions to Susan Cooper and Mary Norton, I thought the book would get beyond unending dependence on JKR, but alas... earwax. On the positive side, it is probably the kind of book I would write.

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I love this series!

These books are hilarious. I love all the characters. Wild ride from start to finish.

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Amazing

This is a great book. I love it so much it is just as good as the first. If you are looking for a book like Harry Potter this is for you.

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This series is sooo good!

Each book in this series just gets better and better. Great characters, fun dialogue, and a really interesting mysterious plot.

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I like YA books, but this one was too young for my tastes. The characters were ok, but nothing really held my attention.

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Great Series

Keeps you guessing throughout the twists & turns. Narrator is terrific. Just wish the sound engineer had found a way to have voices yelling in the story without INCREDIBLY LOUD VOICES YELLING into my ears - especially with Air Pods on or when listening before going to sleep.

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Oh my goodness, we absolutely loved this book! The first book was great even with all the cringe worthy moments that Ozzy had learning normal social conventions. The mystery continues in this sequel as Ozzy is being hunted by Charles's partner Ray and searching for Rin. The crazy coincidences continue while Rin insists that Ozzy is his apprentice and has 5 tasks he must complete and Ozzy is left to continue to question Rin's sanity or wizard abilities. My kids (10, 13, 15 year old) listened with me and we all love this book especially Rin's off the wall sayings like " Love is the soul giggling. " This is more of a realistic fiction than a true fantasy in style which definitely makes it more interesting. It's a clean read and I would place it as a 3rd grade and up read-- adults will enjoy it too. The narrator does a fantastic job as always, really can't go wrong with Kirby! He does such a great job with the acting and voices.

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Love this story!

Love it! Love everything about it. In my top 3 recommended reads. Worth every single minute

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my entry

I loved the delicious texture of this book could have been nicer with a side meal of salad.