Where do you go when you’re done with Harry?

Admittedly the rea
der’s rage for devouring Harry Potter and his magical crew has not died down much; in fact, you could say that a whole new wave of interest has come ashore. But, where does one turn when Harry’s all checked out, or you want to move on in the same vein? Try Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series. I first got hooked on the series back in grad school, during a time when I had to read, and review 50 books for a class on children’s literature. Running out of time as I was, I began checking out books on CD so I could listen every minute of the day. Naturally, I did most of my listening in the car. A friend accompanying me during one of these times, turned to me and—ashen white and aghast—remarked “Is this a children’s book?” My reply . . . “times have changed since we were kids!” As narrator,Christopher Evan Welch is delightfully chilling, and made the read rich with palpable appeal—scary! Set in the moors of Chippenden, Tom Ward—the seventh son of a seventh son--at his mother’s urging, has been apprenticed to the Spook, Old Gregory. His training to banish boggarts and drive away ghosts finds him befriending a girl named Alice--who just might be a witch--and discovering staggering family secrets. Like Harry Potter, this is a multi-textured tale that examines the Master / Student relationship particular to the supernatural, while keeping you precariously positioned on the edge of your seat. This is an XFICU book. So to decode: the X designates the book as children’s as opposed to an adult book. FIC stands for fiction—make believe stuff, as opposed to real information—and the U indicates a 6th to 9th grade reading level. I would recommend this book to anyone 10 years old and up.

1 comment:

Anna said...

Informative and engaging review -- this is now on my to-read list!