Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Magician’s Apprentice by Kate Banks - ADVISABLE

Banks, Kate The Magician’s Apprentice, 213 pgs. RR Donnelley and Sons. 2012. $9.73. Language: G (0 Swears 0 “f”);  Sexual Content G; Violence; PG; 

Kate Banks does a great job of grasping the attention of the reader. A younger version or pre-read of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, this is an analogous story. You find yourself on a journey with Baz as he discovers the world around him.  Baz lives in a small village with his poor family.  He is enticed into a journey with some men into the desert promising him a good job.  He finds the men dishonest and is sold as a slave.  His master then trades him for a sword.  This story is great application for the struggles of life. 

I found the book itself to be well written and easy to understand. I rate it PG because at one point Baz has to shoot a dog with a gun because the dog is badly wounded.  Also the first slave master is described as being neglectful and violent. The book was an enjoyable read. 

EL, MS,  ADVISABLE. Reviewer: EM

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