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The Magician's Tower
An Oona Crate Mystery
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In her first big case, Oona Crate was able to solve the mystery of her uncle's--the wizard of Dark Street--disappearance while exposing Red Martin as a criminal mastermind. Despite her success, Oona's...
In her first big case, Oona Crate was able to solve the mystery of her uncle's--the wizard of Dark Street--disappearance while exposing Red Martin as a criminal mastermind. Despite her success, Oona's...
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  • In her first big case, Oona Crate was able to solve the mystery of her uncle's--the wizard of Dark Street--disappearance while exposing Red Martin as a criminal mastermind. Despite her success, Oona's detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge arises to capture her attention - The Magician's Tower Contest. Held every two years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks, riddles, and obstacles. Now brave souls--includ­ing Oona--from all over Dark Street will enter the contest in hopes of becoming the first successful contestant.

    As the contest commences, a new case arises. A punchbowl--one with great magical powers--has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician's Tower.

    If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her long-standing question about her mother and sister's death ­was she really at fault?

    Full of magic, mystery, danger, and fun, The Magician's Tower continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

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  • Shawn Thomas Odyssey is the Edgar and Agatha Award nominated author of The Wizard of Dark Street. When he isn't writing novels, he is a profes­sional music composer for film and TV, with works including HBO's Deadwood. You can continue to explore the world of Dark Street at www.thewizardofdarkstreet.com.

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  • DOGO Books bookworm890 - If you like mystery and magic, this book is for you. Oona is back and better than ever. When a rare punchbowl is stolen from the carnival, she's on the case: because the punchbowl is key to understanding the day her mother and sister were killed.
  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2013

    Gr 5-8-Amateur detective and wizard's apprentice Oona Crate returns in this sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (Egmont USA, 2011). Her beloved Dark Street is a liminal, magical location. One end opens to New York City at midnight and the other serves as a gateway to smuggled items from the treacherous Faerie realm. Every five years, Dark Street hosts the Magician's Tower Contest, replete with word puzzles and physical challenges designed to eliminate contestants one by one. Oona; her friend Adler; his sneaky sister Isadora; and Isadora's boyfriend, Roderick, enter the contest, but Oona suspects Isadora and Roderick of cheating. She finds it difficult to concentrate on contest clues as she fights Faerie objects that attack Dark Street residents and attempts to solve an intriguing mystery. Odyssey continues to provide solid middle-grade mystery enrobed in an appealing fantasy milieu. A traditional mystery structure and word puzzles mix nicely with action-packed magical stunts. The story summarizes the events of the first book so new readers can follow along. Returning readers will relish clues regarding the fates of the smuggler Red Martin and Oona's fairy butler, Samuligan. Discerning readers may solve the mystery before the end, but Oona's continued anxiety over her magic powers provides an interesting subplot. Although Oona sometimes lacks emotional depth, her detective work is stimulating. Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm (Abrams, 2005) readers will find this series worth following.-Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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