For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried: some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.
Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?
©2005 Joseph Delaney; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
"Delaney grabs readers by the throat and gives them a good shake in a smartly crafted story." (Booklist)
I've enjoyed all the Delany books, although I prefer the title the "Spook's Apprentice" to the Americanized version. It's a great sequence with many chills and horrors. Not for the faint of heart, and parents, if you're concerned about younger readers scaring themselves, I'd recommend a pre-read. Lots of discussion of witches, ghosts, and bad ghoulies.
I purchased this book for a long trips with
children in the car. I enjoyed it so much
that I purchased the next two books. This is
a great book for children 10 and up - and for
adults as well. It was well read, easy to follow and a bit scary.
This book was both fun and immersive. The characters were well rounded and enjoyable. If you are in the mood for a colorful story about magic and witches, this is a great choice. Not too deep, not too childish...just right. The reader was very good.
Great Book Im glad i chose this book and enjoyed listening.
Full of Suspence With a Harry Potter Feel.
Ghosts and gools and gasts and whiches.
Fun Fun Fun with just the right touch of fear.
Excellent! This book was very enjoyable; I am hoping for a sequel or follow-up. The narration is smooth and enjoyable, and this book went far faster than I hoped. I was wanting more!
Can't wait for the next one in the series, well worth listening to. I listened to it nearly non-stop, so did my 13yr old son.
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