- Publisher: RED FOX
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 30mm | 343g
- Publication date: 2 January 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1782952470
- ISBN 13: 9781782952473
- Sales rank: 13,676
The Spook's Secret is the third book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide! 'It's going to be a long, hard, cruel winter and there couldn't be a worse place to spend it.' As the nights draw in the Spook decides to travel to his winter house. His apprentice, Tom, hates the desolate place. There are feral witches in the cellar, menacing creatures stirring on the nearby moors and a sinister stranger threatening Tom's master. What does the mysterious stranger want? Is the Spook's past catching up with him? And what dangers will Tom face if his master's secrets are revealed? From the series that inspired the forthcoming movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.
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Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher. He has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. 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.
By Librarian Lavender 04 Mar 2014
The Spook's winter house is gloomy and damp. It isn't a happy place to stay. Still Tom and the spook have to go there. They aren't the only ones living in the house. And bit by bit the Spook's past reveals itself.
Tom has to fight against a magician, a bogart and several witches. He has to learn to trust people the hard way over and over again. The villains in this series are getting more and more creepy. You know something is bound to go wrong even though they are supposed to be under control. Tom finds himself in dire situations. I like the style and the characters. What I also love about these books is how spooky and lugubrious they are. It's one vicious creature after another and every one of them is more original than their predecessor.
"Ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary ... Beautifully produced and consistently surprising, the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat" The Times "The spine-chilling escapades of the Spook and his apprentice continue apace" Waterstone's Books Quarterly "This is terrific writing coupled with such an exciting and frightening storyline of good versus evil that you really will be hanging on to the bedcovers while reading it" My Child