Ozzy Toffy’s adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.
More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the wizard he hired to help find his parents—but Rin is missing, despite Ozzy’s continual attempts to contact him. And Clark, the mechanical bird his father left him, is as peculiar and vain as ever.
When a mysterious package arrives, Ozzy and his good friend Sigi are sure that the plane ticket and thumb drive they find inside are from Rin. Trying to get Clark through security at the airport proves complicated—as most things are with Clark. But when they arrive in New York, they discover there’s even more adventure in store for them.
Will Rin return and save the day? Will Ozzy figure out why he keeps walking into the ocean? Can Sigi find a way to trust her delinquent father? Will someone please appreciate Clark the way he’d like to be appreciated? For once?
Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed is a story filled with humor and excitement that shows us the magic in everyday things.
This book was hard to read. . .but only because my kids kept taking it and were reading it every time I tried to. From my kid's reactions, and my own views, this book is well worth the read. Even now, as I write this review, I went to go grab the book to look over some parts for a better description, and the book had once again disappeared in to the clutches of my daughter.
Obert Skye's descriptions and dialog are wacky and off the wall as usual. Just like the first book, we are left guessing until the end if Rin really is a wizard, or is just crazy like everyone assumes. However, the twist at the end caught me way off guard. I can't wait until the next book in the series! There is a lot more to this story than was revealed in the first book for sure!
Rorie & Braden's Review:
I enjoy Obert Skye's writing, and it's always fun to dive into another one of his adventures. He has a quirky sense of humor and I laugh out loud several times when I'm reading his books. I'm glad that I have been able to introduce him to my kids who just devour the books. My 10-year-old especially was looking forward to getting the newest installment of Wizard for Hire. Here's his review:
I liked Apprentice Needed. It was a very good book. I would recommend it for everyone. I like how the author makes Rin so funny. He makes Rin a real wizard that no one believes in. I love that almost every part is funny. I love how Clark likes anything metal.
This is a book were I was left with more questions than answers, but I was strangely okay with that. That would normally drive me nuts, but it didn't with this book. All it did was make me excited for book 3.
I enjoyed how we got to know Ozzy a little better, and how Sigi's personality was able to shine in this book. I will admit that I struggled with Rin. This probably suggests that I've lost all ability for magic in my life, but I just kept thinking, "dead-beat dad" whenever Sigi would try to talk to him and he wouldn't respond unless he was spouting what he read on motivational plaques. I did like him more toward the end, but I could feel the frustration that both Ozzy and Sigi had with him. Ozzy wanted to believe him, but it was a struggle.
My kids loved this book, and already went back and reread the first one. I imagine that they will be picking this one up again in the near future.
Title: Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed Author: Obert Skye Publisher: Shadow Mountain Published: April 2019 ISBN: 1629725293 Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Deseret Book