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  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781782952459
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $17.99

The Spook's Apprentice

Book 1

Warning: Not to be Read After Dark! The first book in the terrifying Wardstone Chronicles.

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?

  • Pub date: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781782952459
  • Imprint: Red Fox
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney used to be an English teacher, before becoming the best-selling author of the Spook's series, which has been published in 24 countries and has sold over a million copies. The first book, The Spook's Apprentice, is now a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

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Praise for The Spook's Apprentice

“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”


“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!”

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