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The apprentice witch, James Nicol

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The apprentice witch
Title
The apprentice witch
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James Nicol
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Language
eng
Summary
Sent away in disgrace after failing her witch's assessment, Arianwyn learns that the remote community where she works as a magic apprentice is under the shadow of a dark hex infestation
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Review
  • Grades 6-9 Arianwyn Gribble has suffered a blow. The evaluation that should have made her a full-fledged witch resulted only in humiliation and the conciliatory title apprentice witch. Even so, she’s landed a position in the small town of Lull, where she is eager to prove her mettle. Nicol has avoided the well-trod boarding-school setting and created an interesting magical world where war simmers in the background, witchcraft is carefully governed, and witches’ skills are appreciated by nonmagical folk. He also centers the practice of magic around glyphs, written symbols historically linked to witchcraft and spellcasting. As Arianwyn’s abilities strengthen, she is haunted by visions of an unfamiliar glyph that both tempts and terrifies her. Her stint in Lull takes an unpleasant turn when Gimma, the mayor’s niece and Arianwyn’s school nemesis, arrives to lend a hand—just as a dangerous dark spirit emerges in the Great Wood. While adorned with funny and charming details, Arianwyn’s story is primarily one of personal growth and discovery that will gratify fantasy readers and Tiffany Aching fans. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 6/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 19, p91)
  • An insecure young witch comes into her own in this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy debut.Arianwyn Gribble desperately wants to serve in the Civil Witchcraft Authority. But after blowing up the testing device at her official evaluation, she is granted only a remote assignment with provisional certification as an "apprentice witch." Soon Arianwyn discovers that even sleepy little villages can harbor terrifying challenges. This world feels like an alternative mid-20th-century England, where everyone is default white and, despite the (apparently) exclusively female CWA, traditional gender roles hold firm. The story has a similar vintage vibe. The "glyph"-based magical system is coherent and consistent (if not particularly original), with little impact on ordinary life. Arianwyn is quite likable: brave, kind, and competent despite her almost crippling lack of self-confidence. While apparently old enough to live on her own and hold a responsible position, she reads as barely adolescent, providing all the more satisfaction as she gradually builds faith in her own abilities and wins the respect of the townsfolk. The remaining characters are simple stock types, nonetheless comforting in their familiarity. The narrative comes to a solid conclusion but with sufficient hints of a wider world—and deeper magic—to justify further adventures. Not every fantasy has to be epic, grimdark, or startlingly new; this one is as cozy as a teapot and as comfy as old slippers. (Fantasy. 11-16)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10552956
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nicol, James
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL760L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.1.N536
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 9
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Apprentice witch
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Witches
  • Good and evil
  • Magic
  • Apprentices
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The apprentice witch, James Nicol
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Copyright
Note
  • "First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Chicken House"--Title page verso
  • Includes glossary
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
318 pages
Isbn
9781338118582
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The apprentice witch, James Nicol
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Chicken House"--Title page verso
  • Includes glossary
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
318 pages
Isbn
9781338118582
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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