I didn’t know what to expect as I cracked open this book but it did not take me long to get sucked into the world of Wendell and then to be rooting for him the whole time. This great story is a must for any 5th grade classroom library with its wonderful theme (You don’t have to be magical to be the hero!) and with its whimsical illustrations. I have a feeling many of my boys in particular will love reading this book.
Wendell Drackenberger has a suspicion that he is different, but nobody in his life wants to admit it. When the truth is made embarrassingly public, Wendell is faced with some difficult choices for a thirteen-year-old. Dubbed the world’s worst wizard, he is forced to pave his own way. The future seems bleak until one little lie launches this comical adventure of errors, uncertainty, danger and courage. Teaming up with new friends, robots, a gnome and a brain-intolerant zombie, he discovers how a secret skill might just make him the perfect wizard to save his village.