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The evil wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman

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The evil wizard Smallbone
Title
The evil wizard Smallbone
Statement of responsibility
Delia Sherman
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Language
eng
Summary
In a hilarious tale reminiscent of T. H. White, a lost boy finds himself an unlikely apprentice to the very old, vaguely evil, mostly just grumpy Wizard Smallbone. When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle's in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won't let him leave, but won't teach him magic, either. It's a good thing the bookstore takes Nick's magical education in hand, because Smallbone's nemesis the Evil Wizard Fidelou and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he's practically a puppy. And he can't handle Fidelou alone. Wildly funny and cozily heartfelt, Delia Sherman's latest is an eccentric fantasy adventure featuring dueling wizards, enchanted animals, and one stray boy."
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Tone
Award
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (North Dakota) for Juvenile Fiction, 2018.
Review
  • Gr 3–7—Runaway Nick intends to stay only long enough for a hot meal and a night's rest before moving on, but the Evil Wizard Smallbone—and his bookstore—have other plans. ("You knocked on the door and you asked for shelter. Well, you got it. And now Evil Wizard Books has got you.") Agreeing to apprentice for the evil wizard, Nick finds himself facing the daily threat of being turned into something unpleasant. But despite his time spent in various forms (spider, rock, rat), Nick manages to befriend the enigmatic bookstore, save some enchanted animals, and even pick up a little magic here and there. Unfortunately his precarious peace is threatened by Smallbone's maniacal nemesis, the werewolf Fidelou, a wizard of great power and few scruples. Fidelou wants to claim Smallbone's lands and destroy him once and for all. Can Nick find the power to stop Fidelou? Or will he be turned into a helpless slug? Or worse? Sherman's tale takes place in the present in a sleepy Maine seaside town. The plot unfolds easily, and though a fantasy, it's not over-the-top for fans of realistic fiction. The characters are well-developed, especially Nick, who learns to value self-knowledge. Avid readers will enjoy Sherman's nods to other literary works, and reluctant readers will find themselves immersed in the tale. VERDICT Recommended for fans of Harry Potter, this story will captivate older readers while remaining accessible to younger ones. Recommended as a first purchase.—Rose Garrett, Cliff Valley School, Atlanta, GA --Rose Garrett (Reviewed 08/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 8, p96)
  • After 12-year-old Nick Reynaud flees his abusive uncle, he's taken on as an apprentice by the wizard Zachariah Smallbone, who lives in the secluded, electronics-free Maine town of Smallbone Cove. Instead of being taught magic, Nick winds up managing the wizard's bookstore, cooking his meals, and trying to avoid getting turned into a spider (again). With the help of the store's books, Nick begins to harness his own powers, just as the seal-people his master has sworn to protect are threatened by the shape-shifting wolf wizard Fidelou. In an imaginative contemporary landscape of magical pelts and powerful tomes, Sherman (The Freedom Maze) delivers a cast of richly developed characters, though their backstories, as well as the magical history of Smallbone Cove, remain somewhat vague. Instead, the narrative focuses primarily on Nick's character growth as it builds to a climactic clash between wizards. Themes that include the importance of self-confidence and self-knowledge, as well as the power of appearances and of reading, should resonate with a broad range of readers. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 10/03/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 40, p)
  • It is an enduring, unforgiving Maine winter when 12-year-old runaway Nick Reynaud seeks shelter on a frigid night by knocking on the door of small-town evil wizard Zachariah Smallbone.When the evil wizard makes it known that he intends to hold Nick captive as his minion, Nick at first regrets his decision to run away from his abusive uncle and cousin. After completing his daily duties as the wizard's farmhand and housekeeper, Nick secretly explores the wizard's bookshop. It is there that hilarious exchanges between Nick and the snarky magic books (whose conversations with him are rather like text messages) help him (and readers) move beyond the fact that he has been kidnapped by a cranky old man. Lurking about in the Maine woods is the arrogant, shape-shifting French werewolf wizard Fidelou, who wishes to conquer the quirky small town (sort of a cross between quaint coastal village and Hogsmeade) that has been ruled by the wizard Smallbone for centuries. Though Fidelou and his crew of biker werewolf minions add some dramatic distraction, it is Nick's evolution into a young wizard that commands attention. Readers journey with Nick as he stumbles through what was real in his world, his grief at losing his mother, into a magical world that gives him a sense of purpose. Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2016)
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10527585
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Sherman, Delia
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[Fic]
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Good and evil
  • Boys
  • Wizards
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juvenile
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The evil wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman
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Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780763688059
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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The evil wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman
Publication
Copyright
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text
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rdacontent.
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780763688059
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
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