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The Magickers Mass Market Paperback – 4 Jun 2002
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About the Author
Emily Drake lives in a sand castle by the sea...well, actually, it's a dusty house full of wonderful old books, cats, and a rambunctious cocker spaniel puppy. And, on a good day when the smog clears, you can see the Pacific Ocean. When she's not reading or talking with the cats or playing with the puppy, she is thinking of Bailey-isms and writing. Somewhere in the house is a grown-up daughter who likes to read and write histories of the fantastic and brings home pottery from class which looks as if it must have been made in another realm, so she fits in extremely well. Emily is married to a nice gentleman who works very hard in the real world and is often a bit bemused by the goings-on in the sand castle but has a good sense of humor about it all. There are other sons and a daughter who are scattered to the Trade Winds but who write and call home often. All in all, a good day is one in which books can be read and written and enjoyed by anyone Emily can reach. At the moment, the pup only considers a book as a good chew-toy, but she's hoping he'll outgrow that. Emily does not normally talk about herself like this, but the cats insisted upon it, like royalty.
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I resisted buying this book for quite some time because I thought it was a total Harry Potter .... and it both is and it isn't. Jason and Harry have many similarities: their age; they are both being raised by someone other than their parents: Harry an aunt/uncle, Jason a stepmother/stepfather; they both know nothing about magic until they go to school/camp; they both have two best friends: Hermoine/Bailey and Ron/Trent; a klutzy boy in camp: Neville Longbottom and Henry Squibb; they are both sorted into their areas: Harry by the sorting hat and Jason by the wishing well; both have weird scars: Harry the famous lighting bolt on his forehead and Jason a weird moon shaped scar on his hand; both are mysterious targets for evil beings; both have the power to work miraculous things and end up saving the day, etc. This is really too bad because once Susan Drake got past the whole "be as close to Harry Potter as possible without plagarizing" at the beginning of the book, she was able to create a delightful fantasy book. There are some differences, the main one being the way magic works and what it is used for. The evil characters are also different and include both animals and humans. There are also some unexpected surprises in the book. The book is well-written and the reader empathizes with the characters almost immediately. The plot is pretty fast paced and there are plenty of little details to keep the reader amused with sub-plots while they wait for the serious action to occur. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, you will like this book, but I still feel bad that she "borrowed" so many ideas from J.K. Rowling.
But a stroke of luck; his English teacher informs him that he has been invited to a new camp featuring kids with vivid imaginations, chosen from creative essays they had written. Choosing the better of two evils (his grandmother's, or "geek camp") he decides to attend Camp Ravenwyng.
Camp Ravenwyng, he soon discovers, is a lot more than it appears to be--and not at all the "geek camp" he expected. They do all kinds of interesting things like botany, naming objects; everything the campers do is somehow a test they are being judged on. And then there are weird things, too. Councellors that are strangely out of tune with the world; strange occurances in the night, and weird conversations that Jason alone seems to hear. Not to mention a mysterious cut on his hand that no one wants to explain--what is it the Councellors are trying to hide?
Soon our young campers are thrust into a world of magic, using a magic they never knew they had. But a storm of angry magic lurks ever nearer the campground...will Jason and his friends be able to save the one place they've ever felt they belong? A hearty adventure with a twist along every corner.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Well-written, well-woven, and well-thoughtout, Emily Drake has created a star-studded cast of characters that we are not likely to forget. Apparently these books are disapearing quickly (note the dwindling availibility right next to the price-tag) so order fast! Its worth your $$$ and your time.
And just wait till you see the sequel...