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The Wizard of Dark Street

(Oona Crate Mystery #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  149 reviews
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 to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Egmont USA
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Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
The Wizard of Dark Street's niece, Oona, would rather be a detective than a wizard's apprentice. When disasters befall both her uncle and a snooty neighbor, she works overtime to solve both mysteries and save the day. Odyssey put together a very clever whodunit; especially for a middle grade mystery, this will keep you guessing. The story is worth reading for that alone. However, the setting for this mystery was disappointingly Disneyfied - with a simply sketched set, stock characters, cartoony ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really have a thing for fantasies set in worlds that lay alongside ours. The blurring of the edges between what we think of as reality and those magical worlds fascinates me, which is probably why I love the Harry Potter series so much (and why I’m working on a couple of stories with those kinds of worlds myself). The Wizard of Dark Street takes place on Dark Street (oddly enough), a little neighborhood that’s linked to New York City, but is actually a bridge between the normal world and the L ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a cute book. The mystery was clever (kept me guessing), and I enjoyed the magical elements. If this is a series, I will keep reading it.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I read my fair share of plucky girl detectives. Some of my favorites include a poison-obsessed tween and two fairy-tale sisters. Oona Crate, the protagonist in The Wizard of Dark Street, doesn’t measure up to her competition.

This book is also a bit like Harry Potter in regards to its setting, a magical world that exists parallel to ours. While Harry Potter never bothered me with all of the world-building details (frankly, JK Rowling could probably write another book in Harry’s world, skip the pl
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After seeing Shawn Thomas Odyssey read the prologue to THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET, I knew I had to read this book. The deliciously sinister feel to the magical world, the idea of a 12-year-old solving mysteries, and the simple fact that Oona (the MC) has a raven for a best friend all suggest a great combination within the book's pages.

Well, let me tell you, this story does not disappoint. I was flipping the pages to find out the whodunits and to see how all the seemingly separate mysteries would
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Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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When I was in the 9-12 age range, some of my favorite books were mysteries, particularly the kind where no one got hurt and I got to play along at home. Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, "Alfred Hitchcock", (though I could never guess those twists. The diamond was in the python, who was in the acrobats' baton?!) I think Oona Crate and The Wizard of Dark Street would have made little-me very happy and will certainly become a mainstay in my
Oona, the 13 year old sleuth of this YA fantasy/mystery, lives on Dark Street, a one street town lying between the New York of 1876 and the land of the Fay. Every midnight for one minute there's an open gate between NYC and Dark Street, and the rest of the time the city is inaccessible. Oona was apprenticed to her uncle, the Wizard of Dark Street, their only wizard, and the person who protects the town against possible fairy attack. Three years before the book starts, she accidentally killed her ...more
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here's what this book has:

--an orphan girl named Oona with an innate talent for magic, a gift that led to a terrible tragedy a few years ago
--a fascinating place, Dark Street, poised between a gate leading to our world at one end (which opens for just one minute ever night) and a gate to the fairy realm, locked after a fierce war some years before
--a mystery that could threaten the very existence not just of Dark Street, but our world as well, and cast our orphaned heroine out into the streets
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
A cute story mixing two of my favorite things - magic and whodunits.

Oona is a Natural Magician, a rare thing even on Dark Street, the last of the pathways between the World of Man and Faerie, and, since the gate to Faerie has been shut permanently, magic is on the decline.

But despite this, and because of a tragic accident she caused when her magic went wrong, she doesn't want to be the Wizard's Apprentice and, instead, wants to follow the path of her father and be a detective.

But her worlds coll
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. For me, the characters seemed superficial and somewhat overdone, more caricatures that characters. I also found it quite heavy-handed in Oona 'agonizing' over her decision to give up magic; I understand that the book is geared toward a younger audience, but even the average child would not need to be hit on the head with a hammer to get the message. That said, the book did pick-up at the end. I might read the next one in the series if I come acr ...more
Barbara Ell
Being 12 years old and a natural magician is one thing, but also hating the idea of actually using magic, and then being the Wizard's apprentice is just something all together.

At least Oona's uncle, who happens to be the Wizard of Dark Street, understands her reasoning in not wanting to pursue magic and instead wanting to open a detective agency. But when her uncle goes missing, she must use all she can to find him...unless he has died.

I really enjoyed this story, and liked how it allowed the a
Sherwood Smith
Jun 19, 2011 added it
Shelves: fantasy
I read this in draft ages ago, when the author was part of a writing group I was in. I absolutely loved it. I have been saving the book for when I finished a project; that means I get to read it in a week or two.
Bill Tillman
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wizard of Dark Street

Oona Crate is a very quirky 12 going on 13 year-old. Living on a magic street half way between the normal human world and the world of the Fae. Great and easy read where there are no loose ends.
Ана Хелс
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
От какво имате нужда в една мрачна лятна утрин, дето по една или друга ваканционна причина ви е свободна, когато е ясно, че небето скоро ще се продъни и Зевса ще си поиграе на улучи неверника в тълпата с някоя и друга гръмотевичка? От книги, огромни чаши чай или капучино и някоя и друга котка, разбира се. И ако точки 2 и 3 от универсалния списък на щастието са по-скоро според хранителните и алергичните ви навици, то номер 1 си е номер 1 – добрите и увличащи вниманието книги са лек за всяка лоша ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe dieses Buch lange vor mir hergeschoben und wusste auch nicht so recht was ich zu erwarten habe.
Natürlich kann man bei einem Kinderbuch nicht uneingeschränkt davon ausgehen, das es sich um einen derart spannenden, gruseligen und verzwickten Fall handelt wie in manchen Krimis für Erwachsene. Auch wenn diese Annahmen oft übertroffen werden.
Bei diesem Buch muss ich sagen handelt es sich nicht unbedingt um einen der spannendsten Fälle, allein im Bereich der Kinderbücher, trotzdem schaffte
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1500-pages
Okay, so to be perfectly honest although I love fantasy I will turn around hard and fast to head the other direction if it is a mystery. This, as can be inferred by the title, is a mystery and I loved it. I also never saw the end of this book coming and now I have to say that I actually want this book for my own personal library.
I found the discoveries that the main character, Oona Crate as in the title yes, actually had a realistic struggle in balancing her natural abilities that would not let
Oona Crate es una niña prodigio con poderes mágicos naturales que vive en Dark Street con su tío, el Mago Alexander, en un barrio secreto de la ciudad de New York. A pesar de ser talentosa con la magia, un accidente trágico la lleva a renunciar a su puesto como aprendiz y a perseguir su sueño de crear una agencia de detectives para utilizar sus poderes deductivos y, algún día, descubrir al asesino de su padre.
Cuando su tío desaparece frente a sus ojos, deberá interrogar a los sospechosos, forma
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I have had this book on my TBR pile for a long time and was excited to finally read it. This was an okay middle grade story set on a magical street located off of New York City. It was okay but not great.

I enjoyed some of the creative ideas and settings but didn't find the story or characters all that engaging. At points so many fantastical things are thrown at the reader that it makes both the characters and setting hard to picture and follow. You never really get a chance to know and engage w
Review of audiobook format.

I truly tried to like this tale. I will have to give it a go in actually reading it with my eyes rather than my ears. Shawn Thomas Odyssey sounds well enough as a narrator, but a definite distinction between characters was lacking. I think that was my whole problem getting into the story.
Kerri Simpson
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really cute book. I loved how it mixed fantasy in a normal world. Oona is a fun character. I can certianly see why shed want to avoid magic but i wouldnt. I enjoyed the story the characters and the twist. Its really enjoyable to read.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting characters and setting! It took a while to establish the setting and introduce the characters, but once it got going, the continuous action kept me reading non-stop to the end! I have The Magician’s Tower (book 2) ready to go!
Cute and enjoyable story with good characters.
Kathy Randall
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent quick read. Good for middle school.

Liked how the protagonist solved the mystery. But would have liked her to have a positive female relationship.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story, a fun young readers Mystery.
shrug city
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this on a children's book kick. It's not awful but nothing distinguishes it from any other quirky kid's book with magic.
Danyelle Leafty
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Wizard of Dark Street
Shawn Thomas Odyssey
345 pages
MG fantasy
Available July 26, 2011
Review copy from publisher

From Egmont:

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 to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The Wizard of Dark Street has a good mystery and, although it suffers a little from infodumping and occasional melodramatic description, it’s got enough intrigue to it to make me want to pick up the next book. The world is interesting, even if a lot of information about it is tossed out all at once and the flow never quite seems natural, and Oona, though one of those “brooding, occasionally snarky and perceived as an outsider” protagonists, has her positive moments.

One of my problems with myster
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I’m becoming very interested in mysteries, and the premise of a mystery story mixed with magic really intrigued me. I especially love reading about fantasy worlds alongside ours, because it helps me believe in the possibility that magic exists just around the corner. I loved the mysterious and vividly imagined setting of Dark Street, a Victorian era place poised between a gate leading to our world at one end (which opens for one minute every midnight) and a gate to the fairy realm on the other. ...more
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