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In a hilarious tale reminiscent of T. H. White, a lost boy finds himself an unlikely apprentice to the very old, vaguely evil, mostly just grumpy Wizard Smallbone.

When 12-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle's in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won't let him leave but won't teach him magic, either. It's a good thing the bookstore takes Nick's magical education in hand, because Smallbone's nemesis - the Evil Wizard Fidelou - and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he's practically a puppy. And he can't handle Fidelou alone.

Wildly funny and cozily heartfelt, Delia Sherman's latest is an eccentric fantasy adventure featuring dueling wizards, enchanted animals, and one stray boy.

©2017 Delia Sherman (P)2017 Listening Library

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It's so much fun!

I picked this title mainly because of the narrator. I'd read the Percy Jackson series and just liked his voice, and it didn't disappoint. This is such a fun story. I'm not the target demographic but even as an adult it's a very fun book. Id recommend it for anyone but if you're trying to find something for a kid this is a great story!

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American mythmaking at its best!

If Steven King and Neil Gaiman set out to write Harry Potter, this is where they would end up.

The narration is excellent, the story and setting engaging, and it flies by. Great car trip material, especially with kids.