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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Wizard Island: Child of the Orb is a hilariously funny fantasy story by Terry Morris. Wilton, a seven-foot being, shows up on the doorstep of the Woolf family to fulfill a prophecy. He must gather the three Woolf children and take them on a perilous journey to find a magical orb and also determine which child is the “chosen” one. The chosen one will defend them against an evil sorceress. Will they find the orb, why is it important and which of the children is the chosen one? I loved the ending but won’t give it away. It was a great surprise.
Wizard Island: Child of the Orb is the first book in the Wizard Island saga. I enjoyed reading the story as it was filled with magical events and mystery that piqued my curiosity. Traveling back in time in a hologram and the clues to solve the mystery of the missing orb were handled with finesse. In addition, the artwork added a magical aura to the entire experience. Character descriptions were vivid and I really so loved Titch. The three Woolf children were well-developed and the events and mishaps they were involved in made me laugh out loud. I think children will wish they could visit Wizard Island in real life. This is the kind of book I would have loved as a child and would have loved sharing with my classroom when I was a teacher. I highly recommend Wizard Island by Terry Morris for middle-grade readers.