Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Delaney, Joseph.

New York : Greenwillow, 2005.
IL 5-8, RL 4.7
ISBN  0060766190

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Young Tom is the seventh son of the seventh son.  There is no inheritance for the seventh son.  There is just one thing that a seventh son can do and that is to be apprenticed to a tradesman.  And Tom is following that route.  His mother has chosen a very unusual apprenticeship for him.  He is to work or the village spook.  Now the spook is not the most popular man in town.  As a matter of fact, he has no friends.  It is a very lonely life.  The spook is in charge of protecting the villagers against ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.  Tom is not sure that he is cut out for this life.  But it his duty to learn what he can.  He very quickly finds himself disobeying the Spook's warnings and gets himself into trouble by mistakenly freeing the witch Mother Malkin.  Can he right this wrong?  Or will catastrophe ensue?

Booktalk #2

Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and possesses special abilities. He can hear the ghosts of hanged men on a hill near his home and can sense things that would frighten the bravest of hearts. This is a good thing because twelve year old Thomas is apprenticed to be a Spook.  Spooks roam the county keeping people safe from ghosts and witches. Thomas moves into a Spook’s home and begins his training. All is going well until Thomas meets Alice, a strange girl in town with pointy shoes.  The Spook warned Thomas about girls with pointy shoes. Can Thomas succeed where other apprentices have failed? Read “Revenge of the Witch” but you might want to read this one with the light on!  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face 2007)

Booktalk #3

Tom Ward, seventh son of a seventh son, is apprenticed to the Spook, whose job is to defend the living against ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and witches. When Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while Spook is away, Tom is forced to use his wits and help his new friend Alice fight the evil witch.  (Florida Teen Reads nominee, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Apprentices -- Fiction.
                        Supernatural -- Fiction.
                        Witches -- Fiction.
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