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Publisher's Summary

Avis Blackthorn's family is the most evil family in all of the Seven Magical Kingdoms. The problem? Avis isn't evil. Not one bit. His magical wizarding family will do anything to make Avis's life a misery. Even the horses that pull the carriages don't like him. But he has a way out at last... Hailing Hall School for Wizards, a sanctuary, a place for good wizards, where he can make some nice, normal friends, learn magic and live a normal life, finally escaping the notoriety of the Blackthorn name... or so he thinks. That's where the real adventure - humorous, haunting and mysterious - begins. Come along with Avis as he tries desperately to prove he isn't evil like his family. And join tall, thin, bespectacled Robin and accident-prone Hunter, Avis's friends from the Outside - the same world as yours, in fact - as they discover Wizard's Spider Soap, the wizarding sport of Riptide and even the ghosts that do the laundry! Of course, in a magic school full of teenage wizards there will always be drama. But stranger things are brewing and Avis finds himself at the center of it after spotting Malakai - the most evil sorcerer around and his parents' employer - coming into the school in the dead of night. Avis wonders why, and why will no one believe him? The mysterious, beautiful Tina might know why. When Avis and Robin spot her creeping round in the dead of night, she tells them about the quest and a thrilling mystery unfolds. Yet, everything goes horribly wrong for Avis. After being accused of something terrible, he is ostracized from his friends and lives high up in the clock tower. Everyone thinks he's evil, just like his family... Avis must uncover the biggest of quests with the help of Tina and Robin and finally prove once and for all, that he is a good wizard....
©2015 Jack Simmonds (P)2015 Jack Simmonds
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5 out of 5 stars
By franco5 on 10-04-15

Loved it and didn't think I would!

If you could sum up Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1) in three words, what would they be?

Hogwarts has competition :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1)?

Here's the thing... I really thought this was just going to be an unoriginal rip-off of JK Rowling... but it wan't at all. Yes it's set in a school for Wizards - but I learned it's kind of like saying Dead Poet's Society and Goodbye Mr. Chips are the same because they are set in a boarding school. These characters are original and engaging and the story arc had me totally engaged. It's a great set up to a series that might just fill a magical void in my life since Potter finished.

Which character – as performed by Joel Froomkin – was your favorite?

I really liked Ernie the ghost - but Froomkin does a fabulous job voicing all of the characters. He's incredibly versatile and he truly performs the story, bringing all of the characters to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was pretty caught up in the climax of the story - and I was delighted to learn that book two is on it's way!

Any additional comments?

If you're a Potter fan I really encourage you to give these characters a try. I'll bet you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy. I had great reservations - and I'm so happy that I've discovered Avis.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Xander95 on 10-06-15

A new British Boy Wizard with his own great story.

Where does Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was very impressed. The narrator has great versatility and clearly loves playing all the different characters. He made the story totally come to life and I really enjoyed his performance.

What other book might you compare Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1) to and why?

It would be impossible not to compare the series to Harry Potter... but it does a marvelous job of carving out it's own worthy niche in this genre. Avis is kind of a anti-Harry... He's kind of like the black sheep of the Malfoy family. The storyline is original and very well developed - and there is the groundwork for a very rich cast of characters. I'm looking forward to finding out a lot more about Avis' parents.

What does Joel Froomkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He doesn't just narrate - he brings the book to life and plays all of the characters with great specificity and a wonderful range of accents and color. It's a delightful performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Born to Be Bad... but failing at it.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy books like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter - I really recommend you give this series a try. Simmonds is a strong writer and I am optomistic this series will continue to get even better and better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tanya on 08-29-15

wizards, magic school and a very thrilling story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1) to be better than the print version?

the audio version of the book is different, so it's hard to say whats better. the narrator really brings the main character Avis to life and it really sounds like him
I knew what happens in the book, but the audio version kept me intrigued!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1)?

There's so many twists and turns... but without spoiling it, learning about magic is just so cool... and the most memorable moment was the finale!

What about Joel Froomkin’s performance did you like?

i felt he really brought the character to life -- Avis comes across really well in the book and this narrator does all the voices which is cool and i see the characters differently

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

DEFINITELY! I couldn't stop listening!

Any additional comments?

this audiobook is great! It's a great story with a great narration - if you like harry potter, you'll love this, it's not anything like hp, but it's got similarities, which for me as a massive potter fan is great! Beacuse i miss it and love books about teenage wizards going to magic school!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lolah on 01-21-18

Awesome narrator for an excellent story

Although this book was written for children (which I'm definitely not!) I enjoyed it immensely, and would recommend it for both older children (it's a bit scary in places for younger ones) and adults. I listened to the audio book and the narrator did an AWESOME job of really bringing the story to life, with all the different voices, and even singing the songs of the ghosts! I'd definitely recommend listening to the audiobook if that's an option for you. Either way, if you love wizard stories then this is definitely the book for you. Now I'm off to read the rest of the series!

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