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Joseph Delaney. The Last Apprentice: The Spook’s Tale and Other Horrors
HarperCollins  $14.50  ISBN 978-0-06173-028-3   166 pg.
Reviewed by Anastasia, Age 10

To my horror, the witch pulled a knife from the pocket of her black gown. It had a long, sharp blade and she held it out, moving toward me purposefully. Was she going to take some of my bones? She held the knife above my head and suddenly grasped me very tightly by my hair, twisting my head backward. She was going to kill me!

The main character is John Gregory, he is the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him able to see and hear things other people can't, such as witches and ghosts. John is heading to the seminary at Houghton, to train for the priesthood. When John thinks he’s found an abandoned cottage, he gets in trouble with a witch - will he and the spook be able to kill her? There are many other little parts in this book that come up in some of the other books in THE LAST APPRENTICE series.
Firstly, I like how the book had an interesting beginning, which was John’s dream about the guy carrying John into the cellar. Secondly, I like how the author put bits of other stories in at the end to try to get you to read the rest of THE LAST APPRENTICE stories. Also, I like how the cover looks scary with a glow-in-the-dark affect with the witch in it, and I also like how at the beginning of each chapter it has a picture of something that will happen on that page. Lastly I like how the author didn't go on and on with too much detail, like on page 30, where it said ‘a ruined cottage’; he just gave enough to get a picture in your head.    

Joseph Delaney lives in the middle of boggart territory in England. Other titles in The Last Apprentice series include Revenge of the Witch, Curse of the Bane, Night of the Soul Stealer, Attack of the Fiend and Wrath of the Bloodeye. I think this series is suitable for ages 9-13.
I give The Last Apprentice: The Spook’s Tale a four star rating.    


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