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The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art. Between that and cutbacks to the local art gallery it seems like nothing is safe. But Oswald, masquerading as a graffiti artist known as The Wiz, is fighting back—by painting elaborate murals in public places and planting art in the galleries, and then by taking on the mayor himself. As the fight escalates and the stakes become higher, Oswald gets in deeper than he meant to and needs to rely on his friends to get him out of his latest mess.

The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art. Between that and cutbacks to the local art gallery it seems like nothing is safe. But Oswald, masquerading as a graffiti artist known as The Wiz, is fighting back—by painting elaborate murals in public places and planting art in the galleries, and then by taking on the mayor himself. As the fight escalates and the stakes become higher, Oswald gets in deeper than he meant to and needs to rely on his friends to get him out of his latest mess.

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  • ATOS:
    4.4
  • Lexile:
    650
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3

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About the Author-
  • Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 115 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 22, 2013
    An age-old debate—is graffiti art or vandalism?—takes center stage in Walter’s high-energy tale, part of the Orca Soundings series and written at a fourth-grade reading level. Teens Ian and Julia are puzzled by their friend Oswald’s interest in a series of politically motivated, spray-painted murals that pop up around the city bearing the tag Wiz. But the pieces come together when Oswald admits his secret identity as the guerilla artist and that his motives were to create a portfolio for art school and call out a misguided mayor. An endnote featuring a quote from a Toronto street artist, Deadboy, gives the proceedings additional in-the-know cred. Ages 12–up.

  • Booklist

    June 1, 2013
    Grades 4-6 Street art trumps local politics in this uncomplicated face-off between teens and city hall. A recent rash of elaborate, comical graffiti and guerilla art signed Wiz not only leads Ian's friends Oswald and Julia into thought-provoking arguments about what real art is and isn't, it sets off a frenzy of law and order rhetoric from Mayor Dumfrey, who is running for reelection as a hard-nosed conservative. Several broad hints later, Ian discovers that his seemingly idiotic buddy Oswald is the elusive budding artist. In a crowd-pleasing climax capped by a show of support from the entire school, Ian (son of a pair of lawyers) derails Dumfrey's grandstanding attempt to catch Oswald (literally) red-handed. Inspired by the experiences of a real Toronto tagger who tacks on a testimonial of his own, Walters' tale makes a refreshing change of pace from the sports- or personal-crisis-driven stories often aimed at unenthusiastic or less able older readers.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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