The Wizard of Dark Street

The Wizard of Dark Street

An Oona Crate Mystery

Book - 2011
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In 1877, in an enchantment shop on the last of the Faerie roads linking New York City to the Land of the Fey, just after twelve-year-old Oona opts to relinquish her apprenticeship to her uncle, the Wizard, and become a detective, her uncle is stabbed, testing her skills.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2011
ISBN: 9781606842775
1606842773
9781606841433
1606841432
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 22 cm

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marthabwaters
Aug 11, 2015

This is a cute mixture of fantasy and mystery, set in New York in the late 1800s in a sort of Diagon Alley-eqsue magical street within the city. Oona is a likable protagonist, and there are lots of good supporting characters, too--this is a series opener, and there's definitely enough here to support future volumes, which I will certainly be reading.

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

In the world of Dark Street, Oona Crate possesses the extremely rare trait of being a natural magician. Her true passion lies not with magic, however, but with detective work. When she gives up the position of Wizard's apprentice to pursue her calling as an investigator, her uncle the Wizard must choose someone new to take her place. The plot thickens when the Wizard is stabbed after gathering a room full of the apprentice candidates.

Follow Oona as she tries to solve the case, save her uncle, and make peace with the magical side of herself. This is a light, fun read that will keep readers guessing until the mystery is solved in the final few pages of the book.

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DragonRhapsody
Mar 22, 2014

IF you can get through the first chapter that is full of pedantic, unnecessary description of the world, of the character, of the details of how the world works, you will find the the main character is not only beautiful, but highly intelligent for a 12 year old, and a "Natural Magician" which is supposed to do something like incite excitement but really, it just makes the character feel as if she is forcing us to really like her. "Look at me! Look at my beautiful reflection! Listen to my 'interesting'-but-really-ostentatious thoughts about my world and how it works! Oh, and while you're at it, I'd like you to know that I'm an orphan (poor me, feel pity for my circumstance!) and that I may have accidentally killed my mother and baby sister (again, poor me for being so powerful and not wanting anything to do with my power!) and while you're at it, I'd like to mention that I am a super special being, a Natural Wizard, that only comes around once in 100 years, or so! WOW! LIKE ME (check out my Facebook page)!" I just really felt that the male author that wrote this does NOT understand women very well, nor the proper mechanics of writing an interesting and grabbing first chapter - I am sure that IF I chose to read more of the book, there would have been a more interesting entry point to the book instead of the tedious and boring "walk around town and talk about what I see" chapter - this is NOT good storytelling! And because the main character (a female) is so Mary-Sue, but judging herself and second-guessing herself and refusing to believe in her own power but only really approving of her looks, the male author has essentially lost my interest in his sexist view.

BPLNextBestKids Jan 04, 2012

What a hard choice: be a detective or continue as a wizard’s apprentice! Oona is the wizard’s niece and is a natural magician which is very rare. Her father had been the chief inspector of Dark Street and a famous detective until his death and Oona wants to follow in his footsteps. Her father’s brother, the Wizard, takes her as his apprentice after her mother and sister die as a result of Oona being unable to control her magic. Oona decides though that magic is too dangerous and should not be used so the Wizard advertises for a new apprentice. However, events spin out of control and Oona is faced with a terrible decision. The book is full of interesting places, people and evil deeds until its exciting conclusion. Reviewed by BPL volunteer EE.

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Jun 27, 2013

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