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Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith
I've been reading The Last Apprentice chapter book series for several years now, and the books just keep getting better and better. Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him uniquely qualified to become a spook, that is, the person whose job is to protect the inhabitants of the county from witches, boggarts, ghosts, ghasts, and other dangerous supernatural creatures. He has been apprenticed to the current spook, John Gregory, to learn all the necessary skills, and here the adventure begins.
The Last Apprentice books are a bit scary, with well-developed characters, plenty of supernatural villains of all kinds, a detailed and complete world, and a story that keeps building with each successive entry, plus great spooky illustrations. Good for both adults and kids who like a scary story, this reminds me a bit of the Ranger's Apprentice stories, by John Flanagan. Try Revenge of the Witch to get started!
Recommended by Catherine