Jul 26

Book Birthday Shout Out! (1)

Book Birthday Shout Out is hosted by Betwitched Bookworms

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to…

The Wizard of Dark Street
(EgmontUSA)
By: Shawn Thomas Odyssey


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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, she is determined to prove that logic can be just as powerful as wizardry. But when someone attacks her uncle–the Wizard of Dark Street–Oona is forced to delve even deeper into the world of magic.

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

Wildefire
(Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
By: Karsten Knight


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Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.

But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them.

To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.



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Jul 22

The {Teen} Book Scene: Top Ten Reasons to Read The Wizard of Dark Street

THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET
By: Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Pub. Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Formats: Hardback and Electronic
Pages: 352
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Middle Grade +

Pre-Order THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET on: Amazon | B&N | TBD | IB

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, she is determined to prove that logic can be just as powerful as wizardry. But when someone attacks her uncle–the Wizard of Dark Street–Oona is forced to delve even deeper into the world of magic.

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

Follow Shawn Thomas Odyssey on: Twitter | Website | goodreads

For eight mysterious years Shawn Thomas Odyssey labored extremely long hours in a 140-seat (and rumored to be haunted) professional theatre in Santa Barbara, California. There he worked as an actor, a musician, a stagehand, a set builder, a scenic painter, casting coordinator, and was the person they sent into the dank, dark underbelly of the theatre to find rusty old props and spider infested wigs.

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.” Mr. Odyssey is married to a mysterious dancer whom he met while working at the haunted theatre, and along with a passion for collecting magic wands, he enjoys playing unusually dangerous music in a band whose name to this day remains a tightly held secret.

TOP TEN REASONS TO READ THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET:

10. Because it has an enchanted raven/encyclopedia in it, and his name is Deacon.

9. Because it takes place between two opposing worlds: the Land of Faerie and old Victorian New York City.

8. Because it utilizes the phrase “utter vexation” on the first page.

7. Because it has candlestick trees in it.

6. Because all of your friends and family will be reading it, and you won’t want to be left out!

5. Because it is a classic detective/whodunit set in a magical world, and who wouldn’t like that?

4. Because it contains curiously concocted riddles, countless clues, and a cornucopia of highly suspicious characters.

3. Speaking of characters: Because it has a bumbling police inspector, a tattoo faced boy, a venomous girl, a witch, a wizard, a bizarre faerie servant, and certain dark creatures that I dare not name here.

2. Because it has a precocious and highly driven heroine who is searching for something more than the life she has been handed, who must learn to trust herself, despite her past mistakes and terrible a sense of loss.

1. Because you’ll never be the same once you’ve finished, and you’ll have knowledge that only a select few ever even knew existed. Oh yes, and it’s lots of fun.

Please visit: http://www.thewizardofdarkstreet.com

Thanks, Shawn!

Remember to stop back for my review of THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET within the next few weeks!

 



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Mar 15

“Waiting On” Wednesday: The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is hosted by Jill of Breaking to the Spine to feature upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET

Author: Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Published Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
(Also Available in Electronic Format)
Pages: 352
Genre: Mystery and Fantasy
Age Group: Middle Grade +

 

Follow Shawn Thomas Odyssey on: Twitter | Website | goodreads

Pre-Order THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET on: Amazon | TBD | B&N

 



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