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    The Spook’s Mistake (Wardstone Chronicles #5) – Joseph Delaney

    “Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I’d just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week’s provisions. All we had left was a few eggs and a small wedge of County cheese. Two days earlier The Spook had gone south to deal with a boggart. Annoyingly, this was the second time in a month that my master had gone off on a job without me.” Following the escape from The Fiend, Tom’s master had become very protective, taking to going out on jobs alone rather than taking his…

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    The Spook’s Battle – Joseph Delaney

    “The witch was chasing me through the dark wood, getting nearer and nearer by the second.  I ran fast, frantic to escape, weaving desperately, with branches whipping into my face and brambles clutching at my weary legs. The breath rasped harshly in my throat as I drove myself harder and harder towards the edge of the wood. Beyond that lay the slope leading up to the Spook’s western garden. If only I could reach that refuge, I’d be safe!” It is close to a year since Tom became the Spook’s Apprentice. Now that he has mastered the art of defence against boggarts, its on to witches, and there has been…

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    The Spook’s Secret – Joseph Delaney

    “It was a cold, dark November night and Alice and I were sitting by the kitchen fire with my master, the Spook. The weather had been getting steadily colder and I knew that any day now the Spook would decide it was time to set off for his ‘winter house’ on the bleak moor of Anglezarke.” As Tom and his master make their way to the Spook’s winter house, Tom can tell that the winter is going to be a long and hard one. Once there he realises it would be worse than anticipated. Alice is exiled to a family who aren’t pleased to have her and the Spook’s involved…

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    The Spook’s Apprentice (The Wardstone Chronicles #1) – Joseph Delaney

    “When the Spook arrived, the light was already beginning to fail. It had been a long, hard day and I was ready for my supper.  ‘You’re sure he’s a seventh son?’ He asked. He was looking down at me and shaking his head doubtfully.  Dad nodded.  ‘And you were a seventh son too?’  Dad nodded again” Tom is the seventh son of a seventh soon and this makes him perfect as a Spook’s Apprentice. But how does he know that this is really for him, how can he scare off the things that go bump in the night when they scare him just as much as everyone else? For years…