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The Magickers: The Magickers #1 Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2002

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First THUS edition (June 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400354
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,471,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 30 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 new popularity of wizard-themed fantasy. Far from it; in many ways, I found "Magickers" to be a superior work of fiction.
n ankle injury has sabotaged Jason;s chances of going to soccer camp, and with his stepfamily going on their own trips, he faces a bleak summer. Until, that is, his English teacher shows up with the application for a special camp called Camp Ravenwyng, for special and talented people. He can either go to "geek camp" or to his weird stepgrandmother's. Jason chooses the camp.
Despite the ramshackle appearance of Ravenwyng, and the slightly eccentric teachers, Jason soon begins to enjoy himself with a cluster of new friends. But on his first night, he ventures outside his cabin -- and is bitten by a wolflike creature that snarls "You're mine" before vanishing. Though the teachers reassure him that it's nothing important, he isn't so sure. And there is an odd feeling about Ravenwyng: a pool of water speaks the name of the cabin he will attend, tiny objects are being pilfered from a certain cabin, strange dreams, and Jason overhears some very suspicious conversations among the teachers and the leader of the Camp, Gavan Rainwater.
Then the teachers reveal the true nature of the camp: It is to train them as Magickers, powerful magicians who will resist the evil Dark Hand of Brennard, Magickers gone bad. As the savage Wolfjackals draw closer to Ravenwyng, and a magical "manna" storm is brewing around them, Jason may be the only person standing between the Magickers and destruction.
This will undoubtedly be an unpopular review, as I find this to be superior to the Harry Potter series.
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By A Customer on Aug. 27 2003
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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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