The Wizard of Dark Street

The Wizard of Dark Street

An Oona Crate Mystery

Book - 2011
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In 1877, in an enchantment shop on the last of the Faerie roads linking New York City to the Land of the Fey, just after twelve-year-old Oona opts to relinquish her apprenticeship to her uncle, the Wizard, and become a detective, her uncle is stabbed, testing her skills.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, c2011
ISBN: 9781606841433
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 26, 2021

These two mysteries were published a while ago, but the plotting is exquisite and the content is truly MG - no one dies, no one's ever seriously hurt, while the witch / investigator uses her mental prowess to solve each mystery (and there are several in each book!).

The second book features the MC figuring out simple codes and a rudimentary, but engaging, cipher.

They were so good, we bought them! They've been read to smithereens.

Dec 12, 2018

This book was super fun, it was kind of mystery-ey, and back and forth-ey (Oona decides something in the beginning of the book that in the end she just un-decides.) But I am super into magic books, and mystery serieses, so this was a great read, it even had some of my very favorite things to read in books: Wit!

I did have a few problems with Oona, she figures out all the things I don't figure out and doesn't figure all the stuff out that I do, but whatever, it's written by a not-thirteen-year-old so they're bound to get somethings wrong, it's a pretty good book, would recommend.

Oona Crate is giving up her apprenticeship to the wizard of Dark Street because of some mystery in her past that we don't know until very close to the end, but it has something to do with magic breaking from her control. Unfortunately she's the only natural magician in Dark Street, and apprentices are hard to come by, so difficult in fact that only five applicants arrive for the choosing; A brother studying to be a lawyer, that Oona just might have a crush on, and his sister, a bossy know-it-all who's mother's dresses are stolen and wants Oona to retrieve them for her, a new-yorker who is the son of a banker, a witch, and a very old blind man who is auditioning to be an actor. When a knife swoops down and stabs her uncle, one of the applicants must be the murderer, (Or was it murder?) Unless, her uncle's Fey servant did it. Unfortunately the head of the police department, Officer White, who, true to his name, has almost white skin, is the most incompetent detective Dark Street's ever seen and botches it all up so badly that he lets all of the suspects go home. It is up to Oona, her uncle's Fey servant, and her talking Raven to find her uncle and see who is really behind this mystery, while finding stolen dresses, inducing goblins and preparing for the masquerade ball the next day.
A hook on every page, Oona will have you flipping pages so fast you'll have to be careful not to tear them!

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

In the world of Dark Street, Oona Crate possesses the extremely rare trait of being a natural magician. Her true passion lies not with magic, however, but with detective work. When she gives up the position of Wizard's apprentice to pursue her calling as an investigator, her uncle the Wizard must choose someone new to take her place. The plot thickens when the Wizard is stabbed after gathering a room full of the apprentice candidates.

Follow Oona as she tries to solve the case, save her uncle, and make peace with the magical side of herself. This is a light, fun read that will keep readers guessing until the mystery is solved in the final few pages of the book.

Mar 22, 2014

IF you can get through the first chapter that is full of pedantic, unnecessary description of the world, of the character, of the details of how the world works, you will find the the main character is not only beautiful, but highly intelligent for a 12 year old, and a "Natural Magician" which is supposed to do something like incite excitement but really, it just makes the character feel as if she is forcing us to really like her. "Look at me! Look at my beautiful reflection! Listen to my 'interesting'-but-really-ostentatious thoughts about my world and how it works! Oh, and while you're at it, I'd like you to know that I'm an orphan (poor me, feel pity for my circumstance!) and that I may have accidentally killed my mother and baby sister (again, poor me for being so powerful and not wanting anything to do with my power!) and while you're at it, I'd like to mention that I am a super special being, a Natural Wizard, that only comes around once in 100 years, or so! WOW! LIKE ME (check out my Facebook page)!" I just really felt that the male author that wrote this does NOT understand women very well, nor the proper mechanics of writing an interesting and grabbing first chapter - I am sure that IF I chose to read more of the book, there would have been a more interesting entry point to the book instead of the tedious and boring "walk around town and talk about what I see" chapter - this is NOT good storytelling! And because the main character (a female) is so Mary-Sue, but judging herself and second-guessing herself and refusing to believe in her own power but only really approving of her looks, the male author has essentially lost my interest in his sexist view.

BPLNextBestKids Jan 04, 2012

What a hard choice: be a detective or continue as a wizard’s apprentice! Oona is the wizard’s niece and is a natural magician which is very rare. Her father had been the chief inspector of Dark Street and a famous detective until his death and Oona wants to follow in his footsteps. Her father’s brother, the Wizard, takes her as his apprentice after her mother and sister die as a result of Oona being unable to control her magic. Oona decides though that magic is too dangerous and should not be used so the Wizard advertises for a new apprentice. However, events spin out of control and Oona is faced with a terrible decision. The book is full of interesting places, people and evil deeds until its exciting conclusion. Reviewed by BPL volunteer EE.


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Jun 27, 2013

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