Odyssey, Shawn The Magicians Dream (Series: Oona Crate Mystery) 306 pgs, Egmont, 2015. $15.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Oona is training to be the magician of Dark Street, part of which is taking a series of unknown tests. Together with her friend, a raven named Deacon, she sets out to prepare for these tests, but is quickly sidetracked by a mystery. Oona loves to solve mysteries and this one may be related to finding her father’s killers. A rose knot is the key and Oona starts to unravel the mystery, but soon enough she must face each test, which only grow more dangerous. Not to mention that her crush doesn’t seem to be crushing on her anymore!
Although this seems to be the 3rd or 4th book in a series, it was pretty easy to get the drift and it could work as a read alone for a middle school reader. Although the plot didn’t appeal to me at all with its unlimited magic and some cheese, it was so well written and interesting that I couldn’t help but slip into the world. There is a dark element I didn’t care for: that the main character killed her mom and baby sibling on accident while learning magical, which is referred to quite often, which makes her focus on mystery solving instead of perfecting her magic kind of messed up in light of the gruesome tragedy.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.