The Magickers: The Magickers #1 Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2002
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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Basically what Emily Drake does is take Harry Potter, turn it into a formula and use the formula to write a very dissapointing book. Read morePublished on July 13 2003
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
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