|Revenge of the Witch|
by Joseph Delaney
"Capturing witches. Binding boggarts. Driving away ghosts. For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county ... ?"
I had several students request this series. I have to say I didn't enjoy it very much, but middle-schoolers probably will. It is very scary and deals with a lot of witches and ghosts and things, so sensitive kids probably shouldn't read it.
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 10+
School Library Journal - Grades 5-8