And Oona would be studying to pass her tests, she really would, if it weren’t for the cute boy shelving books at the library or the rose knot that was found at the recent museum robbery. A rose knot that hasn’t been seen since one was tied to the gun that killed her father.
Oona can’t help but be involved in this mystery, no matter what seems most important. Hopefully, it’s not just a distraction…
What I liked: The Magician’s Dream is an interesting and fun read.
The adventure and mystery will delight you and your family for hours. There is constantly something going on and watching Oona as she navigates an adult world with different personalities and biases will be a learning experience for all.
As a parent, one of my favorite parts of the book is Deacon. He’s constantly explaining events and words that Oona already seems to know but that our audience may not. It’s done in such a way that readers won’t even realize they’re learning!
What I didn’t like: To me it was very evident that The Magician’s Dream is part of a series. There are frequent mentions of events in past books that made me feel like I was missing something important. I’m not sure if the intended audience will feel the same way though.
While overall I really enjoyed The Magician’s Dream there were times that I felt Oona was disregarding advice or being disrespectful in a way I didn’t particularly like. While this won’t be a problem for most, and won’t stop me from allowing my kids to read this, I thought I should share.
|Author:||Shawn Thomas Odyssey|
|Publisher & Date:||Egmont USA, Jun 23, 2015|
|Ages:||8-12 | Grades 3-7|
|This Counts for these Challenges:||2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge|
|Series:||Oona Crate Mystery #3|
The Wizard of Dark Street
The Magician’s Tower
The Magician’s Dream
Upon his perilous escape from this life of daring stagecraft, he began an equally death-defying career as a music composer for film, television, and video games, creating scores for HBO’s Deadwood, and the Activision/Dreamworks video game Kung Fu Panda.
As if these daunting careers were not enough, he sought out even more fearsome territory by writing all kinds of treacherous stories, plays, and books, and acquired a tireless obsession for research into a subject he likes to call “the Dark Street phenomenon.”
Shawn lives in California.
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