Graverobber's Apprentice

by Allan Stratton

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. | January 15, 2013 | Mass Market Paperbound

Graverobber's Apprentice is rated 4.33333333333333 out of 5 by 3.

Hans doesn’t know who he is or where he came from. When he was a baby, he washed ashore in a wooden box and was adopted by the conniving grave robber Knobbe the Bent. Now fate has thrown him together with Angela von Schwanenberg, a young countess fleeing for her life from the evil Archduke Arnulf and his dreaded Necromancer. Together, these friends go on a daring quest to discover Hans’s true identity and save Angela’s parents from the archduke.

Join Hans and Angela on their grand adventure as they ride through the depths of the great forest, sled down a mountain in a coffin and sneak along the secret passageways of the archduke’s palace. The Grave Robber’s Apprentice is a world of highwaymen, hermits and dancing bears—and of a boy separated from his family by the sea.

In this world anything is possible with luck and imagination—even for a grave robber’s apprentice.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 288 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 in

Published: January 15, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554688264

ISBN - 13: 9781554688265

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful adventure story This is the first book that I have read by Allan Stratton and it was impressive. I read this book in one sitting. In some ways it is a classic coming-of-age story, but it is the coming of age of both a boy and a girl. Both Angela and Hans have a past they are running from. But Hans also has a past that he is unaware of. Together they end up on the road. They are running from a terrible evil that is looking to exterminate them both. Sometimes it is what we don't know that is the most important and will become the pivot point in our lives. And that is the case in this story. This story had an evil arch duke, a young countess, a young man, a necromancer, a Wolf King with numerous beasts, a hermit and hermitage on a mountain side, and more. The story unravels at a breakneck pace. It was a race from evil to the hermitage of Peter and then back to the capital. This was a great read and youth will love the adventure.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous The Good Stuff * Fabulous opening chapter - will grab the kids (and adults) attention right away * The banter between Angela and Hans is delightful * Angela is a fantastic heroine - feisty and brave, yet compassionate and hilarious * Hans is a perfect companion for Angela and they work so well together * Wonderful adventure story full of nasty villians and wacky secondary characters * Lots of scary and gross bits will attract the middle school boy reader * Young kids save the day -- kids eat that sorta thing up * Humor and scary stuff - what's not to like * The secondary characters are just as well written as the main characters * Has a fairy tale, quest feel to it with a hint of Peter Nimble thrown in * Good messages of friendship and forgiveness The Not So Good Stuff * Some of the more complicated language may turn off the more reluctant reader which would be a shame Favorite Quotes/Passages "Tonight, the raging wind had promised a shipwreck- two or three, God willing - so Knobbe had scrambled down the steep cliff path to the beach, hoping to plunder the bodies of the drowned." "Don't play your baby tricks on me," Knobbe warned. "Your sort are all alike. Sneaky,little schemers, out to make a fellow weak." "Angela rolled her eyes at Hans: a hermit speaking in riddles was as irritating in real life as it was in storybooks." "Shush. Who knows the future. Do the best you can and never regret a kindness. To live a coward is not to live at all." Who Should/Shouldn't Read * I would say for the stronger middle school reader due to more sophisticated language * Not for the sensitive reader as there are some scary bits * Adults will enjoy just as much 4.5 Dewey's I picked this up at the 2012 OLA Superconference and my copy is signed
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. This is the first book that I have read by Allan Stratton and it was impressive. I read this book in one sitting. In some ways it is a classic coming-of-age story, but it is the coming of age of both a boy and a girl. Both Angela and Hans have a past they are running from. But Hans also has a past that he is unaware of. Together they end up on the road. They are running from a terrible evil that is looking to exterminate them both. Sometimes it is what we don't know that is the most important and will become the pivot point in our lives. And that is the case in this story. This story had an evil arch duke, a young countess, a young man, a necromancer, a Wolf King with numerous beasts, a hermit and hermitage on a mountain side, and more. The story unravels at a breakneck pace. It was a race from evil to the hermitage of Peter and then back to the capital. This was a great read and youth will love the adventure.
Date published: 2012-02-27

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Graverobber's Apprentice

Graverobber's Apprentice

by Allan Stratton

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 288 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 in

Published: January 15, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554688264

ISBN - 13: 9781554688265

From the Publisher

Hans doesn’t know who he is or where he came from. When he was a baby, he washed ashore in a wooden box and was adopted by the conniving grave robber Knobbe the Bent. Now fate has thrown him together with Angela von Schwanenberg, a young countess fleeing for her life from the evil Archduke Arnulf and his dreaded Necromancer. Together, these friends go on a daring quest to discover Hans’s true identity and save Angela’s parents from the archduke.

Join Hans and Angela on their grand adventure as they ride through the depths of the great forest, sled down a mountain in a coffin and sneak along the secret passageways of the archduke’s palace. The Grave Robber’s Apprentice is a world of highwaymen, hermits and dancing bears—and of a boy separated from his family by the sea.

In this world anything is possible with luck and imagination—even for a grave robber’s apprentice.

About the Author

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author ofChanda’s Secrets, winner of twenty-six awards and citations including the ALA’s Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children’s Africana Best Book Award and Booklist’s Editor’s Choice. The film version,Life, Above All, won the Prix François Chalais at the Cannes Film Festival and was South Africa’s Oscar entry for best foreign language film. Its sequel,Chanda’s Wars, won the CLA Young Adult Book Award and was a Junior Library Guild selection (USA). His most recent novel,Borderline, earned an American Library Association Best Fiction nod. All his books have been nominated for the White Pine Award. He lives in Toronto. Visit him online atwww.allanstratton.com.

Editorial Reviews

?Funny, imaginative, just thrilling enough, and doesn?t take itself too seriously. . . . Stratton handles the tropes and clichÉs of fairy-tale fantasy with a wink and a playful sense of destruction.? ?QUILL & QUIRE (Starred review)

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