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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862307423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862307421
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter . . . Beautifully produced and consistently surprising the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat . . . Gripping, moving and terrifying for anyone of 10+" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Wonderfully dark" (The Bookseller)

"Another breathless thriller from the genius of magic and mayhem!" (Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post)

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WARNING: NOT TO BE READ AFTER DARK . . .

The seventh book in the terrifying Wardstone Chronicles, featuring Tom Ward, the Spook's Apprentice.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug 2010
Format: Hardcover
Whenever you get back from a vacation, it's always nice to get back home... unless soldiers have burned your home, and an evil witch is now on the loose. So you can guess what happens in "The Spook's Nightmare," a solid new chapter in the tale of the Spook's apprentice -- bits of horror speckling an darkly elusive fantasy story.

The Spook, Alice and Tom return to Chipenden... only to find that soldiers have burned the village, including the Spook's cottage. So the trio head off to find a safe place, and end up heading for the remote island of Mona, which isn't very witch/Spook-friendly. Soon Tom and Alice are imprisoned as witches, and are in danger of either being killed by a deadly test... or being eaten by a buggane.

However, that turns out to be only the start of their problems, since at least two witches are loose on Mona, and a demonic buggane is threatening them along with a shaman. And even worse, an old enemy has been brought to the island -- and she's more powerful now than she's ever been before, fulfilling the Spook's nightmare.

Joseph Delaney seems to have a knack for inserting very mundane fears -- the death of loved ones, being buried alive -- into a dark fantasy setting. And in "The Spook's Nightmare," it's all about suddenly losing your home and all your possessions, and being cast adrift in a cold cruel world. Plus evil witches causing trouble on top of that.

And the change of setting doesn't change Delaney's prose, which is surprisingly dark for a kids book. Blood, bones, straw and mud coat this adventure, as well as some monstrous creatures (the buggane is hairy, squat and oily, with two layers of omnivorous teeth). And there are some powerful moments, such as when poor Tom is being compelled to attack an innocent family of dogs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2010
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Having read the first 6 of the Wardstone Chronicles I did wonder where Joseph Delaney could go next......I needn't have worried. This has to be the best of the bunch so far and I believe there will be more books coming in this excellent series.

There is a war going on in the County and the Spooks house and his beloved library have all been lost. The soldiers also try to capture the Spook, Tom and Alice so they flee to the island of Mona (the Isle of Mann). Their greeting upon arrival is not a good one as the islanders are very insular and suspicious of strangers. However, when they learn that an evil creature called the Buggane is living on the island they are called upon to help. There is also worse ahead when they discover that Bonie Lizzie, Alice's Mother, a Bone and Blood Witch has escaped from her prison in the Spooks then garden. She has become quite powerful once again and it takes all of Toms, Alices and the Spooks ingenuity and skill to catch her.

This book is much darker than the first 6 and in places genuinely scary but so readable that I finished it in one and a half hours flat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Klakz on 28 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like some people i have read all of these books and they are all brilliant. But i have to say that i wasen't that surprised of what would happen next after a dramatic event that would make you excited. I always knew what was going to happen which did not give me as much buzz compared to his other books. i dont think there was as much emphasis on what was happening compared to his previous books. I have to say that instead of reading the book in one day i struggled not to pick it up and read all of it and i managed for about two weeks. Delaneys titles are quite addictive and hard not to finish quick. I would definatley Recommend but i just cant wait for the next book because of what the spook learns in the end which i say is the best part of the book.
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Format: Paperback
Again we are on the move, leaving the county and getting towards Ireland. The spook is getting older and less concerned about Tom's links with the dark. Alice as a character is getting more complex and her mother 'Bony Lizzie' is dead? Again this is a good read and this series is keeping me engaged.
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mostly i would say just buy it an read it. 13 books in the series. an every one awinner. once you start em you carnt put it down. Good for any age group. much better than potter. great read
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By Torzie on 13 May 2014
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Excellent read series is getting darker, a wonderful alternative to Harry potter. The whole series is a must for fans of delaney
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Enjoyable book had to finish it could not put down till reached the end good book by author tension all the way
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By Diamond Moon on 8 Feb 2014
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Another excellent book in the series. Awaiting the next. Very compelling series of books which I find hard to put down so I can get some sleep.
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