Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice

Written by Joseph Delaney
Part of the The Wardstone Chronicles Series

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Joseph Delaney’s Spook’s series has a huge following amongst young teen readers, and no wonder. This kind of storytelling has real appeal – the books are action-packed, with the threat of dark and dreadful deeds, but always bound by the ties of friendship and the security that things will come right in the end. Tom Ward, played by Ben Barnes in the new film of the book, is the seventh son of a seventh son, and therefore apprenticed to the Spook, a kind of policeman for the supernatural. It’s a difficult and lonely life being a Spook, and beneath the action and excitement there’s a human story too. Word is that the film is something of a letdown, but there’s no denying it looks fantastic and should send new readers to the books – they won’t be disappointed! ~ Andrea Reece


Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

The first book in The Wardston Chronicles Series.
'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?

Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore, will introduce Spook's to millions of new fans.

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Be warned, these books are seriously scary The Times

Teenage readers looking instead for total fantasy should hasten to Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice ... Independent

An absorbing tale with scary scenarios and a great central relationship between Thomas and his master The Sunday Times

Wicked and fast-paced, the second instalment in this series is gripping for adults and children alike ... Beautifully written The Good Book Guide

Readers seeking lots of up-close encounters with the unquiet dead and other creepy entities need look no further Kirkus Reviews

This thrilling and terrifying book should not be read after dark! Parents News

About the Author

Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.

The Spook's Apprentice, The Spook's Curse and The Spook's Secret have all been shortlisted for the Lancashire children's Book for the Year Award. The Spook's Apprentice is the winner of both the Sefton Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award.

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624 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

6th February 2014




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