What if there was a wizard in your hometown who offered his services to anyone in need? What if you were scared because your scientist parents had been kidnapped and you couldn't tell the police?
What if you stumbled across a classified ad in your local newspaper that read, "Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL"? Would you call?
Fourteen-year-old Ozzy is desperate to find his parents, but he's not so sure about the ad....He's read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but they couldn't actually exist in the world today, could they?
Enter Labryinth, aka "Rin," who dresses the part. Sort of. His bathrobe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox. At least Rin acts like a wizard, but Ozzy has his doubts. Do real wizards write notes on their shoes and eat breakfast for every meal? Most of all, Ozzy just wants to know if Rin can cast any magic spells.
With the help of a robotic-talking raven invented by Ozzy's father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and, of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he seeks about his missing parents.
|Size||5.25 x 7.75|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 9.5 hours|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kirby Heyborne|
This book is perfectly woven together, every step of the way. There is a deep mystery and lets you decide wether or not magical forces really exist.
Ozzy Toffy is a great hero looking for answers about his parent's disappearance. Living alone for many years on his own, with only a mechanical bird, Clark, as his friend Ozzy emerges into the real world to start living life and find the answers he's looking for. Along the way, he meets fellow classmate Sigi, and a Wizard named Rin. The wizard is full of life quite more than magic, at least that's what Ozzy thinks. Book one sets things up so well about Ozzy's parent's background and why they probably went missing and may be deceased. Rin comes along and in his oddball ways truly does help Ozzy. Book one ends so well to truly set up everything for book two. I enjoyed this book
I loved this book it was full of action humor and courage. It takes you to a whole new world we’re weird wizards and metal birds come alive. It’s a amazing story of adventure and love!
I loved this book! The audio narration was perfect. what a fun read!
Another good story from the author.
It was a fun adventure.
This book was captivating! I took it to an event I knew I was going to have to wait a bit at, that I went to with my daughter. By the time the event was over, we had both read about half of it.
I love the way that this book sucks you in from the very first page. I loved Ozzy and I felt so sad for him when his parents were taken away from him. I can't even imagine leaving a 7 year old to face the world alone. I knew as a parent how I would feel if this were what had happened to me and it kept me wanting to read and find out what happens to Ozzy and if he's ever able to figure out what had happened to his parents. I loved how he tried to figure out what powers he had and kept adding ones he didn't to his list.
I love that Ozzy at least had Clark. The way the two of them interacted throughout the book kept me laughing. Clark just has a fun sense of humor and Ozzy has the same type. They just fit together.
Then there's Rin...what do you say about a grown man pretending to be a wizard. I loved the way he kind of comes into his own throughout the book and is able to get over the stigma that he has in his town as kind of the crazy guy no one wants to talk to.
The plot of this one is full of adventure. I loved the whole thing, including the ending. Even though the ending wasn't at all what I would have expected.
This is a middle grade book, and If it kept me this entranced I can guarantee any middle school boy or even girl is going to love it!
I haven't been reading much YA (or actually maybe Wizard for Hire would be considered Middle Grade), but it's nice to get into books in this genre for a quick and entertaining read.
Wizard for Hire is well-written, and although it's just over 400 pages, it really doesn't take too long to read. There's quite a bit of humor, and especially for a book geared toward a younger audience, I appreciated that that aspect takes away from the grief and pain associated with Ozzy's situation.
I wasn't sure what to make of Rin for the entire book. I was left with plenty of questions about him at the end, but he did seem to actually be helping Ozzy at that point instead of just being in it for the free food and gas money.
Ozzy had his main question answered, and although it wasn't what I'd hoped for him (at the end I was still wishing there was a mistake), it does seem like he's in for a happy ending.
I'm very curious to see what comes next for Ozzy and Rin.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
I thought going in that this was going to be much more fantastical than it ended up being. In fact, it may be up for debate whether there is even any magic in this book which is odd considering the title. But the author leaves it up to the reader to decide whether to believe Rin is really a wizard or not. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure myself. Rin is definitely an eccentric character, calling himself a wizard, running around in half a robe and a sorcerer's hat, along with his sneakers and jeans. He loves breakfast for every meal and delights in quoting profound sayings that don't always make sense. Ozzy, the main character, wonders himself whether Rin is a real wizard or not, but he is desperate enough for help to take whatever he can get. Although he does have moments of regret, flipping cars, anyone?
At the age of 7, Ozzy was left alone in a cabin in the woods when his parents get kidnapped by a bunch of men in green. Thanks to his parent's preparations, Ozzy has enough food to live on while he figures out his next step. For the next seven years, Ozzy survives on his own in the cabin in the woods, seeing few people. He reads the books his parents had and searches the house for clues. One day after an unexpected discovery, Ozzy learns more about his parents while simultaneously finding a friend, a mechanical bird named Clark. It's when Ozzy and Clark meet that things start to pick up. In fact, most of the best parts of the book involve Clark who is both fierce in his defense of Ozzy, and sincere in his interest in things made of metal, dumpsters, anyone?
Ozzy meets Sigi after sneaking into the local school for a few weeks (I had a hard time buying this, working at a school myself, but young readers won't). Sigi is the only student in the whole school who is friendly to Ozzy and he remembers her from an encounter he had on the beach which is what inspired him to leave the woods in the first place. Sigi, along with Clark, and Rin help Ozzy as he searches for his parents having multiple adventures involving cars, police chases, and an unexpected relative.
All in all this is a rather unusual book about magic, family, and persistence that takes the reader on quite the ride.
I found this book to be a cute little read. The humor was good and the characters entertaining. I would recommend it for middle readers!
Fun heartwarming mystery for all ages. Read it aloud to my kids and we couldn't put it down!
This is an interesting, simple read. I felt it was a little slow at first, but picked up within a few chapters. It has plenty of dry humor and a few hidden jokes, a fun story with an eccentric cast, and enough magic to keep me reading and wanting more.
Loved this mystery-filled novel by Obert Skye. This is the 1st novel of his that I have read and found it quit entertaining. This is a story of resilience in the face of tragic circumstances. Through prior planning of Ozzy's parents and through the friendships he makes along the way he is able to create a new normal and enjoy life anew.
A fun story! Clark is hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to any young reader! Be advised it's the first in a series so there is a minor cliff hanger at the end.
Its a very captivating story right from the start. I was laughing the whole time while reading. I loved the characters and their interactions. The humor in the book is some of the best I have read. I would definitely recommend to a younger reader, and even an older reader looking for a fun magical read.
I was very skeptical of this book. However, from chapter one I was hooked! It has been a long time since I have laughed out loud while reading a book. Filled with hilarious characters, and cheesy jokes, this book is definitely “one for the books”. Filled with intrigue, , mystery, adventure, and magic, this book will keep you guessing until the end. I couldn’t put it down!!!! Would highly recommend for a good family read too. I LOVE this book!
Thia was a really fun read. The characters were well thought out, I especially enjoyed the addition of Clark to the story. You are left Wondering though the whole story if Rin is really a wizard or not. You will have to read the book to find out.
To be honest I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book... I'm not much into magic or wizards or such, but it didn't take long for me to be enchanted by this book and want to keep reading! I loved the story and the characters. As for the wizard, Rin, is he really a wizard? You'll have to read the book and find out! A great read... even for adults!
I really enjoyed this book! And honestly I was surprised that I did. I am not a typical reader of fantasy/ middle reader books but I wanted to read it with my 10 year old daughter and it was great! There were several times that as we came to a chapter ending she would say that it was too much of a cliffhanger to stop and that we needed to keep reading. There was humor in it that she didn't even get that as the adult I found hilarious. This was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone - even those who think they may not be the target audience. Well done Obert Skye.
This was a creative story with exciting, adventurous, funny and heartfelt moments that was more about family relationships than it was about wizards. My only complaint was that the conversations were a little silly and unrealistic at times.