The Apprentice Witch

James Nicol, read by Elizabeth Knowelden. Scholastic Audiobooks, unabridged, 7 CDs, 7.5 hrs., $34.99 ISBN 978-1-338-15972-1
In chapters that alternate between sections from The Apprentice Witch’s Handbook and the events following young Arianwyn’s failed evaluation by the Civil Witchcraft Authority, author Nicol spins a tale of magic and fantastic beasts. After her grandmother, an elder in the CWA, intervenes, Arianwyn, unsure of her abilities, is posted as an apprentice witch to the town of Lull. But when dark forces and powerful creatures begin to emerge from the Great Wood, the once-sleepy town becomes a testing ground for her skill. Experienced voice actress Knowelden’s British accent is pitch-perfect for this fantasy novel, and she carefully conveys the personalities of Arianwyn’s concerned grandmother, her arrogant rival Gimma, kind and supportive friends Salle and Colin, and the pompous Mayor Belcher with distinctive voices. The plot will undoubtedly sound familiar to fans of British fantasy. Still, author Nicol adds enough magic to create an imaginative world that will have young listeners looking forward to the sequel. Narrator Knowelden’s fine performance makes this a worthwhile listening experience. Ages 8–12. A Chicken House hardcover. (July)
Reviewed on: 11/27/2017
Release date: 07/01/2017
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