The Evil Wizard Smallbone (Hardcover)

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Sometimes you read a good book and the plot stays with you. Sometimes a good book raises a complex issue that you need to further ponder or research. And sometimes you simply love a character. Enter The Evil Wizard Smallbone. He lives in a small bookshop in a small village in Maine, where he stomps grumpily around, frightening the residents. Fourteen-year-old Nick is running away from home when he stumbles across the shop and accidentally agrees to become Smallbone's apprentice. The evil wizard imprisons Nick, expects him to do all the chores in the house, the shop and the barn. He also turns Nick into a spider and most importantly doesn't teach him any magic. The bookshop, being magical, has other plans for Nick. As does Smallbone's rival, the shape shifting wizard Fidelou, who may be even more evil than Smallbone himself.

A fabulous magical story for ages 10-12 with lots of grit and an underlying realism that anchors the otherwise high fantasy and gives the book a sense of genuine peril. The plot is complex and thrilling with in-depth world building . But for me, it's all about The Evil Wizard Smallbone, he's so much more than his name suggests. -- Clare

— From November 2016


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