Thursday, April 12, 2012
Edgar Nominee For Best Juvenile: The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
The story: 12 year-old Oona is the wizard's apprentice on Dark Street, a magical world that's hidden on the streets of New York City.
But Oona would rather be an investigator, so she leaves the world of magic to solve a mystery: who killed her uncle, the wizard?
The narrative flows perfectly, the characters are quirky, and the whodunit is fun and paced well. This was a well-balanced blend of magic and mystery for the middle-grade reader.
Verdict: Great for kids who like mystery and magic alike; paced for the reluctant reader.
Mystery Quotient: 4 out of 5, since it was as much mystery as fantasy. Solid amateur sleuth story, though.