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The Spook's Apprentice is the first book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles - over 3 million copies sold worldwide!
`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?

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23rd March '17
Esa Mahmood Asghar read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
The Spook's Apprentice: Book 1 9781782952459
5 stars
The first book in the Wardstone chronicles, The Spook's Apprentice revolves around Thomas Ward, a teenage boy living in a farm with his Mum, Dad, brother and brother's wife. As he is the seventh son of a seventh son, he has the capability to become a Spook, someone that defends the County (and sometimes humanity) from dark creatures such as boggarts and witches. Tom then becomes the current Spook's apprentice. The current spook is John Gregory, and is considered to be the greatest of the Chipenden spooks. Tom then encounters a girl called Alice. Through a series of unfortunate events, Tom frees Mother Malkin, a very dangerous witch, from her pit. He also gets himself in trouble with Bony Lizzie, a relative of Mother Malkin that is just as dangerous. Although not as good as the other books in the series, the Spook's Apprentice provides a good introduction to the series and i would definitely recommend reading it.

I would also strongly recommend reading all of the Spooks books in order, as each story is intertwined with another, and each provides a solid foundation for the next to build upon.

I would not recommend the movie, as it follows a completely different plot to the story and makes no sense.  The books are SOOO much better.
2nd February '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to BlastyMK aged 10 aged 10
The Spook's Apprentice: Book 1 9781782952459
5 stars
A great novel for pre-teens (maybe Year 6) onwards.
We borrowed this from the local library and after my son read it, I read it too. I'm now on the fifth book in the Spooks series and I'm personally loving it!  :D

Not for very young or sensitive readers - the content is supernatural, scary and at times quite gory, but if that doesn't put you off, the books are really well written and totally compelling. Set in a time of witches and boggarts, ghosts and monsters, all ultimately tends to end well and I can't wait to see how Joseph Delany ties the series up eventually.

Great for hardier kids 10+ onwards who don't mind a little scare and like the supernatural (and their Parents  :)).
20th March '17
I read it myself aged 13 aged 13
The Spook's Apprentice: Book 1 9781782952459
5 stars
The first book in the Warstone chronicles, The Spook's Apprentice revolves around Thomas Ward, a teenage boy living in a farm with his Mum, Dad, brother and brother's wife. As he is the seventh son of a seventh son, he has the capability to become a Spook, someone that defends the County (and sometimes humanity) from dark creatures such as boggarts and witches. Tom then becomes the current Spook's apprentice. The current spook is John Gregory, and is considered to be the greatest of the Chipenden spooks. Tom then encounters a girl called Alice. Through a series of unfortunate events, Tom frees Mother Malkin, a very dangerous witch, from her pit. He also gets himself in trouble with Bony Lizzie, a relative of Mother Malkin that is just as dangerous. Although not as good as the other books in the series, the Spook's Apprentice provides a good introduction to the series and i would definitely recommend reading it.

I would also strongly recommend reading all of the Spooks books in order, as each story is intertwined with another, and each provides a solid foundation for the next to build upon.

I would not recommend the movie, as it follows a completely different plot to the story and makes no sense.  The books are SOOO much better.
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About Joseph Delaney

Susan Cooper (Author) Susan Cooper is a world-renowned author of children's books. Born and brought up in England, she worked as a journalist before moving to America, where she now lives. Her classic The Dark Is Rising sequence has won the Newbery Medal and was twice shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Her Boggart titles have won the Scottish Arts Council...

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