Banks, Kate The Magician’s Apprentice, 213 pgs. RR Donnelley and Sons. 2012. $9.73. Language: G (0 Swears 0 “f”); Sexual Content G; Violence; PG;
Kate Banks does a great job of grasping the attention of the reader. A younger version or pre-read of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, this is an analogous story. You find yourself on a journey with Baz as he discovers the world around him. Baz lives in a small village with his poor family. He is enticed into a journey with some men into the desert promising him a good job. He finds the men dishonest and is sold as a slave. His master then trades him for a sword. This story is great application for the struggles of life.
I found the book itself to be well written and easy to understand. I rate it PG because at one point Baz has to shoot a dog with a gun because the dog is badly wounded. Also the first slave master is described as being neglectful and violent. The book was an enjoyable read.
EL, MS, ADVISABLE. Reviewer: EM