The Spook's Apprentice: Book 1

The Spook's Apprentice: Book 1

Book rating: 04 Paperback The Wardstone Chronicles

By (author) Joseph Delaney

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  • Publisher: RED FOX
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 178mm x 26mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1862308535
  • ISBN 13: 9781862308534
  • Illustrations note: B/w chapter heads
  • Sales rank: 12,943

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'Someone has to stand against the dark. And you're the only one who can.' For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over? Many apprentices have tried ...Some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas Ward. He is the last hope. But does he stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the County? The first chilling tale in the Wardstone Chronicles, the series that inspired the forthcoming movie The Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.

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Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.

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By annmarie ager 07 Oct 2011 5

This book is meant for younger teens and the faceted I'm 22 and still thought book one of this series was absolutely brilliant. The book was simply to read but with lots of details and interesting facts about this weird fantasy world. I guess what I loved best was the base of the story line the whole idea of spooks that look after the world by saving it from evil beings such as witches and ghost and lots more. There was lots of spooky goings on and such fun and exciting action that you can't help but love, Most of all I loved that i could read the book to my son (who's 6) and he loved it just as much as i did. The characters are great and you soon fall in love with them and also feel sorry for tom and his mistakes it's a great and fun books. A must read!!

By Larissa McGrath 17 May 2010 4

Thomas J Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, as such he is a natural enemy of the dark and all that dwell with it. It is because of this that Tom as been accepted as apprentice to the Spook, but there have been other apprentices before him, all of then seventh sons of seventh sons and not all of them had made it through their apprenticeships alive.

Not yet thirteen, Tom has been sent far from home and thrown into a world danger. He has been given a month to prove that he might have what it takes to be a Spook's apprentice, but first Tom will have to last through his first night. Something that's definitely not as easy as it sounds.

There is much to learn as a Spook's apprentice and if Tom isn't paying attention he may soon be following the path of many an apprentice before to an early grave. But Tom has advantages over the other apprentices before him. The first is being his mam's son, a mysterious woman with her own talents. The second is Alice, a young girl in pointy shoes, but will she become Tom's greatest friend or worst enemy?

The Spook's Apprentice is not a position to be taken lightly and in a world as old and rich in history as this only a Spook has the power to fight the evils that lurk within these pages. However, despite the staff he carries and the cloak and beard he wears the Spook is not your normal wizard, he fights without magic but with commonsense, knowledge and courage to prevail. It's a Spooky fun beginning to great new series.

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"Teenage readers looking instead for total fantasy should hasten to Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice ... This terrific novel is as black as David Wyatt's ingenious ink drawings that head each chapter" Independent "An absorbing tale with scary scenarios and a great central relationship between Thomas and his master" The Sunday Times "Wicked and fast-paced, the second instalment in this series is gripping for adults and children alike ... Beautifully written" The Good Book Guide "Readers seeking lots of up-close encounters with the unquiet dead and other creepy entities need look no further" Kirkus Reviews "This thrilling and terrifying book should not be read after dark!" Parents News