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Fourteen-year-old Ozzy lives near Portland, Oregon, and is desperate for help. His scientist parents have been kidnapped after discovering a formula that enables mind control. Their work was so top secret Ozzy is afraid to go to the police, but without help, he fears he'll never find his parents. Then he stumbles across a classified ad in the local newspaper that says "Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL." Ozzy has read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but wizards couldn't actually exist today, could they? After Ozzy meets the wizard Labyrinth--aka Rin--he's even more skeptical.

Sure, Rin dresses like a wizard, but the short robe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox, as does Rin's habit of writing notes on his shoes and eating breakfast for every meal. Plus, Rin doesn't even cast any magic spells, which means that the unexplained coincidences that start happening around Ozzy are just that--coincidences.

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 desperately seeks about his missing parents.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Wizard for Hire

by Obert Skye

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Where else would a 14-year-old boy who has lived completely on his own for the last seven years turn when he needs answers than to a wizard-for-hire? In his desperation, Ozzy turns to wizard-for-hire Rin in the hopes of finding his parents who were kidnapped seven years earlier. When everything else seems to be against him, Ozzy's belief in magic is what keeps him going and gives him hope and in turn helps Rin to find out what he is truly capable of as they work together to solve the mystery. Wizard for Hire, by veteran author Obert Skye, is a novel of magic and wonder that will leave fans of Harry Potter excited for this new adventure into the realm of magic, mystery, and adventure. Skye's skill as a storyteller brings the reader in to his world and has them wondering for themselves whether or not magic will be able to save the day for Ozzy and his friends.

As Ozzy, who is extremely self-sufficient and capable after having raised himself for seven years, learns to reach out and accept help from Rin, he opens up and learns more of about who he is and what joy comes from having and relying on friends. In turn, Ozzy's belief in Rin allows Rin to discover what he is capable of and how he can truly help as a wizard. While the story of magic and the mystery of Ozzy's parent's disappearance is what keeps the reader turning the pages, the depth of the characters and how they grow throughout the book--learning from their mistakes, opening up to relationships even if it leaves them vulnerable, and learning to trust--is what sticks with the reader, leaving them to think about the book long after the last page is turned.

So if you are a reader that is looking for the next novel to take you into the world of magic, Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye is one you should pick up. And while the main character is 14, even younger precocious readers will enjoy this novel with magic, talking birds, eccentric wizards, and abundant action and adventure.

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Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Frightening scene with details of 2 people being knocked unconscious and kidnapped (1 page); secondhand account of someone being thrown to the ground and handcuffed; account of someone's house being ransacked with property destroyed; secondhand account of 2 people fighting with one intending to kill the other; mention of someone being angry and having killed 2 people; man points gun and people; man threatens to shoot somebody if he doesn't get what he wants; character knocks man with gun to to the ground in self-defense; character struck and killed by lightening. 

Sex/Nudity:  1 account of boy and girl holding hands.

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Kidnapping, death, divorce.

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Reviewed By Sally
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