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edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Children's Fiction
published: April 2017
ISBN:9781459812581
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas

tagged: fantasy & magic, fantasy, mystery & detective
Description

As the eve of the great Wizards' Summit approaches, wizards from all over Rockfall Mountain descend on the school at Shadow Tower to refine their craft. When professors start disappearing, it's up to magic-fearing monster sleuths Tank and Fizz to solve this spell-packed mystery and find the missing mages. Aleetha, their detective partner and a wizard-in-training, has dragged Tank and Fizz into the heart of the Shadow Tower, where libraries fly, spells fill the air, and an ancient army of darkness stirs, when she receives a mysterious message from her missing teacher. Using their detective skills, a pinch of magic and a trickle of technology, the friends stumble into a battle that's been brewing for decades. And what starts as a simple missing-persons case turns into a clash of light versus dark magic. Can Tank and Fizz overcome their fears and track down the missing mages before the black magic makes them disappear for good?

The Case of the Missing Mage is the third book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain, following The Case of the Slime Stampede and The Case of the Battling Bots. Stay tuned for book four, coming spring 2018.

About the Authors
Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the popular Max Finder Mysteries. Liam now teaches elementary school in Toronto. Visit www.liamodonnell.com for more information.

Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventures series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.deasillustration.com or follow him on Twitter @deasillos.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award
Editorial Reviews

"This is a delightful middle school novel with elements of a graphic novel...Graphics are so detailed and the characters so well-developed in picture and text that readers can just join them in the adventure...This novel is sure to please kids who love to read, and it will inspire reluctant readers with its humour and almost constant action. Highly Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"Readers will be drawn into the mystery by the witty remarks of Fizz, who narrates the tale, and the intertwined block text and graphic novel illustrations…This will appeal to both fantasy and mystery readers as magic and technology both play an important role during the story's climax. Fast paced and fun to read."

— School Library Connection

"An action-packed detective story set in a land of monsters and magic...Give to fans of Ursula Vernon's 'Dragonbreath' series or Jennifer Holm's 'Squish' series."

— School Library Journal
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