The Spook's Apprentice (Wardstone Chronicles 1) by Joseph Delaney

The Spook's Apprentice (Wardstone Chronicles 1)

Written by Joseph Delaney
Part of the The Wardstone Chronicles Series

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Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have falled before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins.

To celebrate publication of The Spook’s Nightmare, you can read this book online, for free. Visit by Friday 25th June to read the first spine-chilling instalment then check back for part two…


The Spook's Apprentice (Wardstone Chronicles 1) by Joseph Delaney

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Teenage readers looking instead for total fantasy should hasten to Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice ... This terrific novel is as black as David Wyatt's ingenious ink drawings that head each chapter 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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Random House Children's Books

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30th June 2005




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