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Curse of the bane, Joseph Delaney ; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith

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Curse of the bane
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Curse of the bane
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Joseph Delaney ; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith
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Now thirteen years old, Tom Ward continues his apprenticeship with the Spook as they confront a dangerous bane who can control people's thoughts
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Now thirteen years old, Tom Ward continues his apprenticeship with the Spook as they confront a dangerous bane who can control people's thoughts
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  • /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 6-9. When readers met Tom Ward in The Revenge of the Witch (2005), the first entry in the Last Apprentice series, he was a callow lad, apprehensively apprenticed to the Spook, who routs the Dark from the County. The malevolent forces that came into play last time seem almost mundane compared to the challenges Tom and the Spook face now: a violent, deadly bane growing in strength and power to become the embodiment of evil. Despite the blood and gore, this tale is more than a well-crafted horror story. Delaney infuses his characters with depth and emotion, but equally important, he grows his world by contributing significantly to the back story. Readers learn the reason the Spook has strong feelings about women in general and witches in particular, and Tom discovers something unexpected about his mother and her wisdom. Delaney also does an exceptional job of interweaving stories, with one plot point leading insistently to the next; at the book's conclusion, readers can go over all Tom has learned by leafing through his journal. Kids will breathlessly await Tom's next adventure. -- Ilene Cooper (Reviewed 08-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 22, p74)
  • Gr 5-7 –In this second book in the series, Delaney chronicles the spine-tingling adventures of Thomas Ward, seventh son of a seventh son, and the last remaining apprentice of monster hunter Mr. Gregory, aka the Spook. The most dangerous monster of all, the Bane, has been imprisoned in the catacombs under Priestown. He kills by squashing his victims completely flat, and he appears to be succeeding at controlling the minds and actions of some of the town’s inhabitants. He needs to be dealt with once and for all. Priestown holds its own dangers for Thomas and the Spook, however, as their work makes them subject to being declared witches and executed by the Quisitor. In the scary and dangerous events that follow, Thomas, accompanied by his friend Alice, faces the most difficult choices of his life so far, and learns to trust himself rather than simply follow his master’s instructions. His first-person narration gives this truly spooky story an immediacy and a sense of reality that heightens the tension and impending danger. While part of a series, the story stands successfully on its own. Occasional eerily atmospheric woodcuts enhance the story’s mood.–Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City --Sue Giffard (Reviewed November 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 11, p132)
  • Opening with a victim's agonized scream, Delaney returns to the boggart-ridden County for a second gruesome, lickety-split episode featuring young Tom Ward, seventh son of a seventh son and for some months now apprenticed to the Spook, a hunter of malign spirits. Here the duo is propelled into and out of captivity at the hands of corrupt priests in the course of a desperate effort to slay the Bane, a mind-reading, blood-hungry entity long imprisoned beneath the local cathedral. Just as in Revenge of the Witch (2005), it's thanks to quick-thinking young Alice—a witch-in-training who teeters on the dark side's brink but hasn't quite made the leap—that Tom and his master emerge from the climactic battle alive (if considerably scathed). Dark, woodcut style art at the chapter heads, and an appended section of reproduced pages from Tom's notes on various bogles met here and previously, reinforce the gloomy atmosphere of his narrative. Readers will be hooked from the first line. (Fantasy. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2006)
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146827
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no index present
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850
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850
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fiction
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  • 5
  • 9
Reading level
5.7
Series statement
Last apprentice
Series volume
0002
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Accelerated Reader AR
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Joseph Delaney ; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith
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Last apprentice
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curse of the bane
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Curse of the bane, Joseph Delaney ; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith
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Originally published under title: Spook's curse
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63122531
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
455 p.
Isbn
9780060766221
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2005046786
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ill.

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