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
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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
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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. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Kyla M. Cathey
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 morePublished on Nov. 11 2002 by "liaden"
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 morePublished on June 30 2002 by EA Solinas
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 morePublished on June 12 2002 by BASHEER
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 morePublished on Dec 31 2001
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 morePublished on Dec 3 2001
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 morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by adsf
Camp Ravenwyng is a summer camp seemingly for creative kids - but turns out to be a testing ground for those with magical abilities. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2001 by Midwest Book Review