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The Evil Wizard Smallbone (Hardcover)

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I have waited two years to read this book, ever since I heard the author read the introductory chapter at Readercon.  Sherman does not disappoint in this novel about a secluded Maine village, an evil (?) wizard, his runaway apprentice, a motorcycle werewolf gang, and (best of all) an enchanted bookstore.

— From Keith


In a hilarious tale reminiscent of T. H. White, a lost boy finds himself an unlikely apprentice to the very old, vaguely evil, mostly just grumpy Wizard Smallbone.

When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle's in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won't let him leave, but won't teach him magic, either. It's a good thing the bookstore takes Nick's magical education in hand, because Smallbone's nemesis--the Evil Wizard Fidelou--and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he's practically a puppy. And he can't handle Fidelou alone.

Wildly funny and cozily heartfelt, Delia Sherman's latest is an eccentric fantasy adventure featuring dueling wizards, enchanted animals, and one stray boy.

About the Author

Delia Sherman is the author of numerous books and short stories for adults and children, including The Freedom Maze and "The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor" in Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories. She also enjoys teaching writing workshops. Delia Sherman lives in New York City with her wife.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763688059
ISBN-10: 0763688053
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English