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)
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is written for children. It wasn't hard to guess what was coming up next. The characters act foolishly and are unbelievable.
Christopher Evan Welch does a good job bring the book to life!
The Rangers Apprentice because both books have good plots!
Where Tom mets Alice!
Joseph Delaney is a good writer! I have enjoyed his book a great deal!
Awesome! Real Talk!
The Spook is my favorite character in this audiobook. The Spook is tough about his paranormal business
My favorite scene was when Alice helps the last apprentice escape death.
The Spook, though he wants his apprentice to choose to stay on, he does offer his apprentice the option to stay on or go.
Please! Don't skip this one! And you'll really enjoy the series too. If you like paranormal reads, this is a great place to get it.
the narrator is amazing! i love the storyline and the book series. to date ive listened to this book 4 times.
made me do some research on ghosts and gasts. just out of curiousity.
he explains everything which is very helpful in keeping your attention.
NOTHING! HE IS ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE NARRATOR!
if you have not read or listened to this series i HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
I read the book a couple of years ago. While it was a good story, it just seemed to be missing something. The narration gives it so much more "personality", if you will. I listened to this in the car with my kids (11 & 9) on the rides to and from school and they loved it as well.
I was looking for the next Harry Potter book and came across this. It's definitely not the same, but the story is very unique and I am glad that I found it.
He does a great job with all the characters. Tom and the Spook were my two favorites in this book.
intriguing Well performed.
Unknowingly picked a story with a teen lead, nice draw for our son who is a reluctant reader, but avid listener.
the creep level
yes and we did.
glad to see consistency in the second book's reader.
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.
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