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Publisher's Summary

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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good story

the book is fanciful. don't let people convince you not to listen to this story. it doesn't need consultation by other writers to get the black experiance right. They are very non specific about the childrens race. The little girls mom is well to do combined with a world of fantasy,( you know the opposite of reality) people just sound like people and children sound like sassy children. This is not a story about race, go read or listened to something else if that is what you are after. I personally enjoy the story and look forward to book 3 and hopes that he find what his heart is longing for.

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Great story but those kids aren't black

I am not sure why the author decided to make the main characters black/mixed race. They are black in initial description only. They are not authentically black, their tells are all wrong. I think it's an error for an author to write black main characters without having some close idea of the black experience.

While I think the author probably meant to be inclusive, there is something really off about painting a white privileged experience black.

as the kid on the cover is white, I can only imagine the editors decided they wanted black characters at some late point in the game.

hey editors, if you want black characters, try engaging with black authors.

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OK

ok story, again, I don't like the screaming of the narrator, it gets annoying

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Absolutely loved!

I finished listening to this book within 24 hours. I loved this book. The pacing was fast, the mystery was gripping, and all the characters I fell for in the first book, were even better in this one.

Ozzie's life is anything but boring. It seems that the research his parents began when he was a child is something no one can let go of. Since Ozzie is the only living person who has any connection to it, he is relentlessly hunted in this book by a new villain named Ray who makes Charles look weak.

Ozzie is tested time and time again as everything he held onto is torn away from him. His anger is just and his questions of trust are legitimate. I once again wished things would be easier for Ozzie, but only because I feel so much for him. He's a very well developed character.

Rin is back at it with his usual shenanigans. His character gets better and better with this book. Although his trustworthiness is questionable, I always felt like he was looking out for Ozzie and Sigi's best interest.

Sigi finds herself torn between wanting a normal father, or any father for that matter, or wanting to never see the one she has again. She cares for Ozzie, but also questions at one point if being nice to him led her down this crazy path their on. She is the true hero sometimes with her loyalty and quick thinking.

I must read book 3 to find out how all of the mysteries that went unanswered in this book play out. Fingers crossed that it all turns out the way I hope.

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Loving this story!

My 9 yr old & I are very much enjoying this fun & quirky series about a cooky wizard, a snarky bird, a tenacious girl, & an awkward young man. We grow more & more in tranced with the characters as each book unfolds.

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Thank you for such a fun read.

My 4 sons loved listening to this book. It was such a fun adventures read.

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Good listening

Very funny. I can't wait till #3. Good series. next time around I will listen to it with my kids.

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JUST STOP SCREAMING

There is no need for this it is all in the title so don’t read this review

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Great book

I have listened to this book multiple times, and loved it each new listening. Kirby Heyborne does a fantastic job narrating it, and bring each character to life with an interesting voice. I absolutely adore the book, and would recommend to anyone looking for funny, interesting , and surprisingly deep listen. I love Clark, and Rin is always a laugh. Ozzy is quite a cool character,though I didn’t expect him to become quite so much like Rin near the end. That does not mean I didn’t like a plot twist, for it was one of my favorite moments when he started to say things that the wizard would.

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  • Chloe Rawlings
  • 10-18-21

Really good BUT…

I really enjoyed this book but the story was not very good at drawing me into the book. I would recommend this to people who enjoy magic mystery and stories about normal-ish schools.

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  • CJ Bill
  • 03-31-20

my entry

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