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Apprentice Needed

(Wizard for Hire #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Ozzy Toffy’s adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.

More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the wizard he hired to help find his parents — but Rin is missing, despite Ozzy’s continual attempts to contact him. And Clark, the mechanical
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Once again I am amazed at the writing of Obert Skye. He brings the story to life for me through his descriptions to the characters point of view. His writing has enough sarcasm to keep me happy and is perfect for the younger reader.

This book is the second in a series. I think it could be read without the first, but there is so much back story it would be easier to read them in order.

Life continues to be unpredictable for Ozzy, Sigi, and Clark. Something sinister has the ability to overtake Ozzy.
Nay Denise
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorite
Received an ARC from the publisher.

Words...I have none -- I can't think. Though I'm a grown woman, I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this sequel. It had all the elements of surprise, humor and sad moments. Once again Obert Skye has tackled this middle grade adventure fantasy with so much delight. The world is interesting, the characters are hilarious and the family aspect is strong. Loved everything about this book.

Ozzy is now fifteen years old and almost at the point of being content with the lost of his pa
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love to find books that I can read, but that I can share with my kids. This is one of those. I love the way the plot is interesting enough for adults and kids alike. This is one I would read with/to my kids.

Ozzy is one of my all time favorite characters. He’s just a teenage boy. But he’s been through so much stuff that would have broken an adult, yet he just keeps going on doing his best. This one starts with even more craziness for Ozzy. Someone seems to be able to take over his mind and make
Tori Tucker
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My one main complaint is simply that there WAS NOT enough mention of breakfast food and I am very disappointed in that.

That said, the sequel was even more magical than the first, although I did feel like it took a little while for the story to pick up in this one. Looking forward to another! (With a side of bacon!)
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the series. My likes and dislikes remain the same from the first book. I even saw some character progression, which was nice. The characters are, by far, my favorite part of the book. They make me laugh out loud. They make me feel for them. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but I am hoping the third book will fix that.
Side note, we listened to this and Kirby Heyborne does a fantastic job narrating. But someone needs to please tell him not to YELL when the
A. L. Sowards
My twins and I enjoyed this book, number two in a series. We’re still not sure if Rin is really magical or not, but we sure enjoy tagging along with him, Ozzy, Sigi, and Clark. I liked the first book a little better than this one, but it’s definitely worth reading for fans of the series. We’re looking forward to book three.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Wizard for Hire series. And it is FULL of surprises!
I so enjoyed the first book, I didn't want it to end. But end it definitely did. I was a little letdown at the beginning of the second book, then, because it was a different vibe. But oh boy. That didn't last long. I found myself right in the thick of things again before two shakes of a lamb's tail!
From the cloaked house to New York City and on to the middle of the ocean, this book really takes a ride. I loved the
Dena (Batch of Books)
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much fun! I loved the first book and I adored this one just as much (if not more).

It picks up a few months after the first book ended, with Ozzy living with Sigi and her mother. After a mysterious man appears at their doorstep and hands them a flash drive, Ozzy and Sigi head to New York City, presumably to meet up with Rin. But their trip is much more dangerous than they expected it to be. It also sets the teens on a course of finding answers to questions they didn't know they had. Danger and
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
In book two after an exciting end of the villain in book one, the story starts several months later. Rin has disappeared and now Ozzy is living with Sigi and her mother, Rin's ex-wife. Of course, it doesn't take long for things to start heating up and again and Sigi, Clark, and Ozzy are off again on a new adventure; this time to New York City. Many new things are uncovered about Ozzy, his parents, and why Ozzy's finger does weird things. Again, I love Clark the mechanical bird and his great wit. ...more
Dani Scott
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the series I rated a 3, but I'm fully in now. Skye's writing is creepy and, at times, feels like it's meant for an older audience than the juvs, but the adventure of it all will definitely appeal to young folks. What is creepy: having your will taken from you and doing dangerous things as a result. I was actually more on edge in book one, but book two demonstrates the strange power Ozzy's parents discovered much more.

There is plenty of mystery in this book and some of Rin's ac
Paula Dyches
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, we absolutely loved this book! The first book was great even with all the cringe worthy moments that Ozzy had learning normal social conventions. The mystery continues in this sequel as Ozzy is being hunted by Charles's partner Ray and searching for Rin. The crazy coincidences continue while Rin insists that Ozzy is his apprentice and has 5 tasks he must complete and Ozzy is left to continue to question Rin's sanity or wizard abilities. My kids (10, 13, 15 year old) listened with ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This picks up with our characters. It does start pretty much right off with Ozzy in a much happier home life, well, until he walks into the sea. The beginning grabbed me as Obert's books often do. Run shows a little more responsibility and there are hints of some actual magic. Not my favorite series from Skye, but an interesting take on wizards with some good plot twists. I just an unsure why all the grownups, even the supposed good guys, are somewhat villainous. Ozzies parents use people like g ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No matter how many times I read it never loses its magic. One of my favorite parts of this series is how it puts a magical spin on what nowadays i common place and ordinary.
Teenage Reads
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle School
Shelves: 2020, series
Remember how the lawyer walked into the polar bear exhibit, and the women got up on stage to sing? They said they “blacked out” and did not remember how they got there, or what happened during their incident. Ozzy feels similar to that, as he woke up on the beach to Sigi and Clark screaming at him for trying to drown himself. Before his midnight swim, Ozzy’s life was normal. He had school to attend, he lived with Patti and Sigi, even though Rin disappeared, Ozzy was putting the horrors of t
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I can imagine it would be exceptionally hard to keep up the rational, plausible explanations for Rin's "magic" through a second book, and the author doesn't really try in this one, not by the end.

First off, Ozzy is running into the ocean in trances. He's asleep or unconscious when he does it, and almost drowns. It becomes a thing Sigi and Clark are worried about, throughout. It has a purpose, although the explanation / significance isn't explained until the end. It has to do with becoming an "ap
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The Wizard for Hire Trilogy wasn’t exactly what I expected, but what do I know? What I found was WAY better than what I thought I was going to get.

I know Obert Skye from the Levin Thumps series, which I remember enjoying despite the whimsy. So when Wizard for Hire was published a couple of years ago and I came across the AWESOME art and Obert Skye's name on the cover, I
Pop Bop
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Surprising Middle Child

The first book in this series, "Wizard for Hire" was truly remarkable. Ozzy's backstory is fascinating, and the book is both entertaining and compelling. The third book in the series, "Magic Required", promises to bring a ripping conclusion to Ozzy's tale. But what of this middle effort?

Well, first off, don't start here. The series is much more rewarding and even touching, if you know how it all began. Clark the mechanical bird is much grander if you have first known h
Jan farnworth
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this book two i was sucked in right to the very end. I think what draws me in most about this story is the undeniable question is Rin really a wizard. Things always just seem to line up for him and he also really does have a strong belief that his a wizard and ozzy as we find out in this book will be his apprentice. The danger and excitement I served up quite wonderfully in this installment. Each chapter brings up more and more questions. Are Ozzy parents really dead? Why is ...more
Jessica Bronder
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We start the story with Ozzy staying at Sigi and her mother. They received a thumb drive from a stranger and think it’s a message from Rin so they heard to New York City. But the thumb drive was not from Rin and the kids are going on a perilous adventure. Of course Rin only pops in here or there just at the right moment. Ozzy is starting to show some abilities so it seems that he is an apprentice to Rin and it is looking like it is going to be a long journey for his learning. Thankfully he has S ...more
Abigail Coleman
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye was a great book. When I first read Wizard for Hire #1, I knew I was hooked. It is a wonderful book and I was so excited when I found the second book. I literally grabbed it and started reading it immediately. I couldn’t put it down.
Ozzy Toffy’s story has resonated with me. It’s a story of perseverance. Ozzy continually has hopes to find his parents. He constantly has Hope.
I liked how the book was worded. It described things with a very comedic tone. As an example
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Apprentice Needed (Wizard for Hire #2) by Obert Skye, 416 pages. Shadow Mountain, 2019. $18

Language: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger, threats with a gun)



Rin has disappeared into Quarfelt, leaving Ozzy and Sigi with many questions. When a ticket to New York City and an invitation to meeting arrive for Ozzy, he is sure that its from Rin, so Sigi decides to join him on the trip. Her mom is out of town and they
Kevin R.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was SO HAPPY to learn there would be a follow-up to Obert Skye's Wizard for Hire book. I got ahold of an advanced store copy and read the entire book in two days. I loved being pulled back into Skye's world, and I loved interacting with Rin again. I laughed out loud so many times while reading the book.

As is the case with all fiction books, I have a hard time reviewing them or talking about them because I don't want to spoil them. I rarely even read the back of fiction books because they can s
Karen Martin
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed Obert Skye books for years. The Wizard for Hire series is my favorite so far. This title is the second one in the series and you get to find out a little more about the wizard. I liked this book so much that I found myself writing down passages that I particularly wanted to remember. The wizard has so many words of wisdom that I had to read carefully in order not to miss any of them. I don't want to give the impression that this book is profound because it is funny, entertaining, cr ...more
Michelle Kenneth -
[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.]

Absolutely loved the second book in the Wizard for Hire series. I have to say, this was much better than the first book. The constant banter between the 4 main characters is comical. I am curious how the stories will continue to develop. Book 2 gives us one more piece to this puzzle of what is really going on with Ozzy and his family. Is Rin really a wizard? As much as I doubt it throughout the bo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in this series picks up just after the first ended.
Skye further develops his characters and brings out their POVs as they face a new threat to Ozzy. He receives a flash drive with a plane ticket to New York to begin the story. The two kids and Clark decide to go. Needless to say, it wasn't the wizard Rin who sent the ticket. They do meet the top level enemy who destroyed Ozzy's parents and wants their work.
Skye offers enough suspense, action and humor - to say nothing of sarcas
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This truth can no longer be ignored: Labyrinth - Rin - is the most entertaining and charismatic wizard in all of middle-grade fiction. I would not be surprised if he is also the most powerful. And while we're on the subject, Clark is the most entertaining, and least humble, mechanical bird period. Those indisputable facts, along with a fast-paced plot, a pair of truly evil do-badders, and two intelligent, likable teenage protagonists make the Wizard for Hire series among the best of its kind.

A q
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this continuation of Wizard for Hire. Everyone thinks Rin is crazy but Ozzy and Sigi start to see him as more of a wizard. I liked the random funny comments that come more from Rin now and less from Clark. Ozzy learns more about his family and mind control, and there are multiple kidnappings. Rin continues to be optimistic, calm, and full of somewhat wise sayings. Some of my favorites are:
“It is a fool who laughs at the odd. Different is just an understanding you have not yet grasped.”
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I needed after several somewhat disappointing reads. I can happily say that there was not a single F expletive in the entire book. Ozzy, Clark, Sigi, and Rin were back with a new cast of villains trying to manipulate Ozzy. I loved Clark's loyalty and self-centeredness as well as Ozzy's genuine innocence despite all he has endured. The question of Rin's wizardness is still up for debate.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Continues the story of Ozzy Toffy, Sigi, and Rin. The snark , life lessons, and unbelievable dangerous situations are still part of the story. It's a lot of action with a lot of philosophy. Ozzy is slowly discovering why his "birthmarked" finger is the way it is, and bad guys are after him, trying to get the formula for world domination that his parents developed.

Rin is Rin, but as this story unfolds one begins to wonder if indeed he is as magical as he claims.
Katie Carver
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Usually the second book in a trilogy acts like such a “bridge” to the final book that it is awful. Not this one - I could not put it down. It answered a lot of questions from the first book while asking new ones for the next book - a good balance.
Very well written. I am an adult and I didn’t find the writing childish or repetitive.
Definitely read the first book before this one or you will be lost.
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Obert Skye read his first book at age two. He wrote his first story at age four. And he was nearly trampled by a herd of water buffalo at age six. For a short time, he lived on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where he spent time as a candy-taster. Several years ago, Obert Skye says, he discovered the existence of Foo. Publishing his story as a fictional series was not Obert’s first choice. Neverthel ...more

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