The Wizard of Dark Street (Oona Crate Mystery, #1)

By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Published on July 26th 2011
Published by Egmont USA
Source: Publisher
**A 2012 Edgar Award nominee** and **A 2011 Agatha Award Nominee** Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.

Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

Give me Oona Crate any day! I absolutely loved this book! It was a fantastic ride through a magical (or magic-less) world with twists, turns, and sudden drops.

Oona Crate possesses Natural Magic, but doesn't want it. She wants to be a detective like her father was. She needs to help her uncle, the Wizard, find a replacement for her as Wizard's apprentice then. But, just as she's about to sign away her apprenticeship, someone uses a magical dagger on the Wizard and what happens next is a mystery which Oona will have to unravel to save the Wizard, Pendulum House, and all of Dark Street!

The world of Dark Street is beautifully constructed. The mystery is age appropriate (but also enjoyable for adults) and is a wonderful roller coaster ride that will keep you guessing until the very end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more about Oona Crate!!


  1. Oh I love middle grade mysteries! This sounds really fun too, with the magic (or magic-less) involved.

  2. i totally didn't know about this book and now i do....*going to the bookstore to check it out*

    great review
    Le' Grande Codex

  3. This looks like such a great book! Will definitely have to get this one for the kids and I to read together!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. I looooove the cover! I really like it when they choose such artwork.



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