Odyssey, Shawn Thomas. The Magician’s Tower. (Oona Crate Mystery, #2) Egmont, 2013. $7.99. ISBN 978-1-60684-425-0. 293 pages. Ages 7-12. P9Q8
This is the sequel to the Agatha and Edgar nominated The Wizard on Dark Street. Despite her success in the first big case, Oona Crate is struggling to get her detective agency up and running. She was able to solve the mystery of her uncle’s, the wizard of Dark Street, disappearance while revealing the Red Martin as a criminal in the first book. While Oona has stumbled on a new mystery of a missing punchbowl that has magical oracle powers, she is distracted with the magician’s tower contest that is held on alternating years. No one has ever completed the series of dangerous puzzles and obstacles that comprise this contest. If Oona can recover the punchbowl, she could use the object to answer a question that has been weighing heavily on her mind. Is she responsible for the death of her mother and sister? This book is full of magic, mystery, peril, and puzzles. It resembles a combination of Harry Potter and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. I read this book without having read the first. I did not wait to finish before I ordered the first.
Summer 2016 review by Penny McDermott.