- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823421503
- ISBN-13: 978-0823421503
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,222,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magician's Apprentice Hardcover – April 1, 2008
From School Library Journal
Grade 6–8—In 1874 England, orphaned Jago works the street entertainment circuit with his dissolute uncle. While he resists thievery for its own sake, he's not above lifting an item or two—especially if the audience doesn't show proper appreciation for the pair's performances. Then he finds a gold watch with a mysterious message tucked inside—"I know what Armbruster did." He meets a desperate servant girl who fears that her mistress is being swindled out of South American treasure. When his uncle is murdered in cold blood, Jago suspects that the watch is the key to both crimes. He stows away on a ship bound for the New World, pursued by the menacing Armbruster, but is he the only one Jago has to fear? Dickensian in every sense of the word, the story combines grimly realistic depictions of Victorian street life with fascinating characters—sinister and comical ones alike. Jago himself recalls Dickens's Artful Dodger, although he has a stronger, if highly individualistic, moral code. The complex plot is full of unexpected twists and hairbreadth escapes, and the dialogue rings true to the period. An exciting choice for historical fiction fans.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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The year is 1874, and young, orphaned Jago works for his uncle Callow, performing magic in Winchester, England. One night Jago is left guarding their cart while Callow spends their money on gin. Jago overhears a mysterious conversation and finds a hidden message in a discarded watch. Soon he finds himself in a world of intrigue, and murder, jousting with the sinister Mr. Armbruster, who will stop at nothing to get his way. The story captures the feel of a Dickens novel with its complicated plot and large cast of evocatively named characters whose lives unexpectedly intertwine. Jago is an introspective lad, often reflecting on his station in life and the art of illusion. Though, overall, the book unfolds methodically, the dramatic reveal at the end feels hasty, and some characters’ actions aren’t fully supported. Hand this to kids who enjoy the feel of an old-fashioned book. Grades 4-7. --Suzanne Harold
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