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Magickers [Mass Market Paperback]

Emily Drake
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June 27 2002 Magickers (Book 1)
A long time ago, two great sorcerers fought a duel to determine the fate of the world. Magic itself was ripped from our world, its power kept secret by a handful of enchanters. The world of Magicks, however, still exists-and whoever controls the Gates controls both worlds.

In The Magickers...
Enter Jason Adrian and his friends-who have been recruited by Gavan Rainwater into the most unusual summer camp on earth-Camp Ravenwyng. There, they will learn about their own special talents. They'll develop their magick powers and unlock the secrets of controlling them.

To Jason, it seems like a dream come true. But there is one thing he will have to do before he leaves this very special camp: face the evil minions of the Dark Hand...

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-Eleven-year-old Jason, an orphan who lives with his stepparents, is all set to spend the summer at soccer camp-until the school bully slams into him and he sprains his ankle. Afraid that he will be condemned to a boring stay with his grandmother, Jason eagerly accepts an alternative offer to Camp Ravenwyng. This rather dilapidated facility turns out to have an odd assortment of campers and counselors who (surprise!) are there to develop their skills as "magickers" in an effort to defeat the forces of darkness currently lining up in conflict for the fate of the world. Awkward writing, unresolved issues, and undeveloped plotlines lead up to Jason's battle in a violent "manna storm" during which he opens the gate that saves the camp-for the time being. An inevitable sequel seems planned, but those looking for kids learning magic to save the world should stick with the likes of Susan Cooper and J. K. Rowling.

Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 5-6. Thanks to a sprained ankle, 11-year-old Jason finds himself at Ravenwyng, a ramshackle outpost in the Grand Tetons billed as a "creativity and leadership camp." But as he quickly discovers, the place is actually a school for training workers of "magick," and a battleground in a centuries-old feud. Drake fills the shadows with geeks, menacing lurkers, and secretive adults who aren't always on top of things as she pitches Jason into a series of dangerous encounters and puzzling discoveries. Trailing numerous unresolved subplots, the story revs up to a battle during a wild magical "manna storm," during which Jason opens a certain gate that saves Ravenwyng from destruction. Though Jason overhears a few too many revealing conversations in the course of this busy series opener, his efforts to learn about magick and save his friends will carry readers through a slow beginning and into the inevitable sequel. One can't help but note the similarities to a certain popular series also set in a magical institution. John Peters
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time Aug. 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book because I was jonsen for Harry Potter and it is still a year till the next book comes out. I wish someone had warned me not to, because I will never get back the hours I spent reading this book.
It is completely assinine! Let's just ignore that she simply took Harry Potter and changed tiny things. The action scenes were confusing and I couldn't tell what happened. The reveal of magic to the students was badly done--there were no denials or confusion. The students just accepted it. Immediately one of them asked if they could tell their parents. Huh??? Can you say unrealistic? Yes, I know it is fiction, but please...
Also, the children knew things and would reinforce what the teachers were trying to teach them. Example: Teacher, "I am looking for a skinwalker." Student, "Isn't that a shapeshifter?" Where did they learn this stuff? Each time was simply a poor attemp to give the reader necessary information.
In addition, the conversations that Jason (AKA a poor man's Harry Potter) overhears does not give enough info to entice the reader to care what they are talking about. And to top it all off, you can't tell one character from another because, frankly, none of them were developed.
It was frustrating and irritating as the events unfolded and I wish I could give it less than 1 star. Recommend it to someone you hate. Otherwise, move along. You will thank me for it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Formula July 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Basically what Emily Drake does is take Harry Potter, turn it into a formula and use the formula to write a very dissapointing book. If you put the two series next to each other you see many similarities, to many to be accidental. She gives us the male best friend, the female best friend. And they form a threesome to try and solve the mysteries by sneaking around at night and spying on the teachers. (This all seems oddly familiar, doesnt it.) She also gives him a broken home life to come from and a task to save the world/ camp. Emily Drake also gives us a group of teachers who seem to remind me of some other teachers from another book series. (Funny how familiar this all seems)
If you really think this sounds like a good book just read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. (aka Sorcerors Stone) You will get a better book that is funnier and more understandable. (I had to read the ending four times and I still didnt get it. Seriously I shouldnt need to do that! Maybe I'm just slow,oh well.) There is a lot more I could say but they cover that in the editorial reviews.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Formula July 14 2003
By Petari
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Basically what Emily Drake does is take Harry Potter, turn it into a formula and use the formula to write a very dissapointing book. If you put the two series next to each other you see many similarities, to many to be accidental. She gives us the male best friend, the female best friend. And they form a threesome to try and solve the mysteries by sneaking around at night and spying on the teachers. (This all seems oddly familiar, doesnt it.) She also gives him a broken home life to come from and a task to save the world/ camp. Emily Drake also gives us a group of teachers who seem to remind me of some other teachers from another book series. (Funny how familiar this all seems)
If you really think this sounds like a good book just read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. (aka Sorcerors Stone) You will get a better book that is funnier and more understandable. (I had to read the ending four times and I still didnt get it. Seriously I shouldnt need to do that! Maybe I'm just slow,oh well.) There is a lot more I could say but they cover that in the editorial reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magickers should be the next Harry Potter March 31 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I started reading The Magickers I thought that Emily Drake was a good author with a practical idea; to cash in on the Harry Potter craze. The more I read, though, the more I realized how untrue this thought was. While there are certainly similar elements between the two - a lonely young boy finds out that he can use magic in a hidden world that operates within our own - Drake's story is fresh and compelling. Her characters show the complexity and personality that you'd want in a friend (or an enemy), the plot is full of entertaining twists, and Drake skillfully manages to deal with the concepts of good and evil both subtly and realistically.
This book is a great read for both children and adults, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loved the Harry Potter series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Harry-Potter ..... Dec 18 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Jason Adrian is injured during soccer tryouts, he is devastated that he cannot go to soccer camp with his best friend. He was certain that he was doomed to spending summer eating Jell-O with his grandmother. But his English teacher unexpectedly comes to his rescue and he is off to Camp Ravenwyng. His overprotective stepmother cannot really find anything wrong with a camp for creative and imaginative students, so Jason finds himself on a funky little bus with a small group of kids and two weird-looking counselors. This bus ride is Jason's first tip-off that Ravenwyng isn't an ordinary camp - not when they suddenly went from nowhere to somewhere and night and day became totally confused in the process. Jason quickly finds that this is just the beginning. All of the children at camp were chosen because of their magicial potential and they are being trained to use that magic. As if that wasn't enough, he has to deal with a shape-shifting fellow camp kid, a disappearing best friend and a traitor in their midst. For he discovers that Camp Ravenwyng is the new battleground between the Camp Ravenwyng Magickers and their ancient enemy, the Dark Hand of Brennard and that a member of the Dark Hand is at camp plotting evil deeds...
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic! Original Magical Fun...
Jason Adrian is plagued by nightmares of his dead parents, nightmares that feed off his wild imagination and love for books and all things fantasy. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by "liaden"
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic indeed
Readers picking up "The Magickers" will probably assume that, as a kids-learning-wizardry book released after the wave of Pottermania, that this is merely a clone to cash in on the... Read more
Published on June 30 2002 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
It was one of the best books I have ever read! She just made it plain obveous there would be a sequel that every one who likes it is jumping! Read more
Published on June 13 2002 by BASHEER
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I liked this book about as much as Harry Potter and thought that for a first time writer that Emily did a good job writing the book. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This particular book was excellent!!!!!! Her way of writing really keeps you turning the pages. Don't read this book if you are into action from the first page, but if you have... Read more
Published on Dec 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I thought it was a wonderful book. It was along the lines of Harry Potter but different. It's about a boy who goes to camp but the camp is not what it seems. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2001 by adsf
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine story of discovery and confrontations with evil
Camp Ravenwyng is a summer camp seemingly for creative kids - but turns out to be a testing ground for those with magical abilities. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Midwest Book Review
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT such a good book
I bought this book because I had read a review elsewhere that said it wasn't just a Harry Potter rip-off. Read more
Published on June 25 2001
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