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The Magician's Tower: An Oona Crate Mystery Hardcover – February 26, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Oona Crate Mystery
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606844253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606844250
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Oona is a marvelously gifted magician, but she wants to be a detective instead. Intrigued by the Contest of the Magician’s Tower, which requires both mental and physical strength and has never been won, Oona enters but finds herself distracted by memories of her mother’s death as well as a missing Punch Bowl Oracle. This clever sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (2011) features an admirable heroine and an original plot laced with logic puzzles. Fantasy lovers will have a great time with this one. Grades 5-8, --Melissa Moore

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This clever sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (2011) features an admirable heroine and an original plot laced with logic puzzles. Fantasy lovers will have a great time with this one.  --Booklist

A traditional mystery structure and word puzzles mix nicely with action-packed magical stuntsMichael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm readers will find this series worth following. -- School Library Journal

More About the Author

For eight mysterious years Shawn Thomas Odyssey labored extremely long hours in a 140-seat (and rumored to be haunted) professional theatre in Santa Barbara, California. There he worked as an actor, a musician, a stagehand, a set builder, a scenic painter, casting coordinator, and was the person they sent into the dank, dark underbelly of the theatre to find rusty old props and spider infested wigs.

Upon his perilous escape from this life of daring stagecraft, he began an equally death-defying career as a music composer for film, television, and video games, creating scores for HBO's Deadwood and the Activision/Dreamworks video game Kung Fu Panda.

As if these daunting careers were not enough, he sought out even more fearsome territory by writing all kinds of treacherous stories, plays, and books, and acquired a tireless obsession for research into a subject he likes to call "the Dark Street phenomenon."

Shawn lives in California and you can visit him online at:
http://www.thewizardofdarkstreet.com
and
http://www.shawnthomasodyssey.com

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Though I am a little older than the target audience for these books, I really enjoy this series.
Q. E.
Odyssey hit it out of the park a second time and I can't wait to read more of Oona Crate and Dark Street!
Kaleena E. Melotti
It was fantastic it was funny magical sad scary exciting wonderful cute charming I loved it a lot ! !
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's hard for me to imagine a better middle grade fantasy/adventure book than this one. Here's why.

First, we have a creatively and imaginatively conceived, but also manageable, alternate world. Dark City is located between our world and the world of Faerie. It consists mainly of a long High Street that connects the gate to New York City, (which opens once a year), and the gate to Faerie, which hasn't opened for over 500 hundred years. Dark City is populated by a wild selection of eccentrics, so there is never any shortage of interesting characters to populate the stories and to carry on the various plots and sub plots, but this is not an overly complex world. The focus is on Oona Crate and her life and adventures, not on detailed world building. As I say, it seems that this mix would be very appealing to and manageable for a middle grade reader.

Second, and maybe best of all, we have a really well developed and appealing heroine. Oona is an apprentice wizard, (although this book isn't just all wizards and magic). She's also a wannabe detective. She's an orphan being raised by her wizard uncle. Oona is smart, sensible, clear eyed and brave. She is old enough to be interested in boys, but there's no YA romance to speak of. Oona is observant, ambitious, conscientious and loyal. She is a combination of all of the cardinal virtues of all of the heroes and heroines you know from middle grade fantasies and mysteries. I liked her; I liked being in her company; I liked her moxie and her vulnerability. I just don't quite see how you create a better character for this kind of book. Her uncle is a strong character and her sidekick is a talking raven with a sense of humor and a devotion to propriety, who is a living repository of all arcane knowledge.
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Format: Hardcover
First, let me begin by saying that I love fantasy books with adventure in it. I'm not that much of a mystery fan but this book turned my entire opinion around. Now I love both fantasy, adventure and (officially) mystery. You will love the main character who is Oona and her curiosity.
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My 9 year old granddaughter loved Wizard of Dark Street and couldn't put this sequel down. Said it was almost as good as the first one.
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Odyssey has done it again!

I love Oona Crate! In case you didn't read my review of The Wizard of Dark Street (Oona Crate Mystery, #1), let me tell you this again... I love Oona Crate!

The Magician's Tower picks up three months after The Wizard of Dark Street ended. Oona had solved her first real mystery and officially started her detective agency while still being the wizard's apprentice. However, very little detecting has actually gone on. Oona is now awaiting the Magician's Tower trials (and hoping for some mysteries as well).

The Magician's Tower is a combination of mental and physical trials which culminates with an attempt to open a puzzle box, which hasn't been done in 500 years! Oona's father had made it to the final two and when Oona was a child, she had promised him she would win. With these memories and her father's death, she is driven even further to succeed.

Fresh off a summer of a serious lack in detective work, the night before the trials begin, a mystery pops up. Despite the fact that she is very dedicated to the tower trials, she can't help but attempt to find clues and solve this mystery.

This book is a truly well-written Oona roller coaster sequel with a smooth blend of trials and mystery. You'll be sucked right into Oona's world and try to solve the clues for the mental trials, as well as figure out the mystery. There is also a lot more magic this time around! Not only are there more spells from Oona, Uncle Alexander, and Samuligan, but there's also a more in depth look at how magic works as well.

And, it wouldn't be complete without a bit of romance, but I'll leave that for the pages of the book. ;)

Odyssey hit it out of the park a second time and I can't wait to read more of Oona Crate and Dark Street!
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