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The Inquisitor's Apprentice

The Inquisitor's Apprentice

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by Chris Moriarty, Mark Edward Geyer (Illustrator)

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The day Sacha found out he could see witches was the worst day of his life . . .

Being an Inquisitor is no job for a nice Jewish boy. But when the police learn that Sacha Kessler can see witches, he’s apprenticed to the department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Their mission is to stop magical crime. And New York at the beginning of the

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The Inquisitor's Apprentice 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
hydra2445 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful re-imaging of NYC in the 1920's. While it is a fictitious world it highlights some of the realities of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given an Advance Copy. As an educator who is always looking for new YA lit, I read it. I give Moriarty two stars for character development and accurate historical references to 1900 New York and tenement living. The story moved at a fine pace and was somewhat engaging. The remaining 3 stars? 1. The story ended abruptly - too abruptly for my liking. While I do believe that the genre of YA lit always needs to grow, this book does NOT have a universal quality that I could give to any reader. 2. While the tribute to Moriarty's son and culture is heartwarming, without the realization of deeper name play and an accurate knowledge of history, this book will be lost on many, if not most readers. I shudder to think that the average kid will get a few pages in and drop it because of the cultural references and bigger words, moreover that some children will construct the name play as reality. I do believe there is a shortage of Jewish literature in America for children (not just Jewish children), however this novel does nothing to fill that need. I do realize that sci fi can be a form of speculative fiction (which this novel clearly is), but I sincerely believe the author needs to quit trying so hard. Not everyone is J.K. Rowling. 3. What I truly found offensive though, was the inaccurate portrayal of Yiddish lore throughout the book. While kitchy and cute (knishes that will bring boys), etc., as a Jew, I feel Moriarty did more damage to her culture and her faith than anything. Any book that feeds negative cultural stereotypes is off my list and that of classroom recommendations. Will I read the other books as they come out? Of course, for it is my job to be a well-informed educator. I can only hope they improve in tone and social acceptance.
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I didnt buy this book i borrowed it from the library. Being jewish,there are a few things i can spot wrong but other wise its good enouf for me to find it on the nook colour to write a comment. I recommend this for evry one but super religus jews(they probably wouldent even pick it up whith out my comment).