Krabat and the Sorcerer's Mill

Krabat and the Sorcerer's Mill

by Otfried Preussler, Anthea Bell

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New Year’s has passed. Twelfth Night is almost here. Krabat, a fourteen-year-old beggar boy dressed up as one of the Three Kings, is traveling from village to village singing carols. One night he has a strange dream in which he is summoned by a faraway voice to go to a mysterious mill—and when he wakes he is irresistibly drawn there. At the mill he finds eleven other boys, all of them, like him, the apprentices of its Master, a powerful sorcerer, as Krabat soon discovers. During the week the boys work ceaselessly grinding grain, but on Friday nights the Master initiates them into the mysteries of the ancient Art of Arts. One day, however, the sound of church bells and of a passing girl singing an Easter hymn penetrates the boys’ prison: At last a plan is set in motion that will win them their freedom and put an end to the Master’s dark designs. 

Krabat & the Sorcerer’s Mill 
was one of Cornelia Funke’s most beloved books as a child, and it is easy to see why. It is a wondrous story of magic, black and white; of courage and cunning; and of high adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590178027
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
File size: 581 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Otfried Preussler (1923–2013) was born into a family of teachers in Reichenberg, Czechoslovakia, and as a boy loved listening to the folktales of the region, including the old Sorbian tale of the sorcerer’s apprentice, upon which Krabat & the Sorcerer’s Mill is based. Drafted into the army during World War II, Preussler was captured in 1944 and spent the next five years as a prisoner of war in the Tatar Republic. After his release, he moved to Bavaria and became a primary-school teacher and principal, supplementing his income by working as a reporter for a local newspaper and by writing scripts for children’s radio. One of the most popular authors for children in Germany, Preussler was twice awarded the German Children’s Book Prize. His many books have been translated into fifty-five languages and have sold over fifty million copies. New York Review Books will also publish Preussler’s The Little Witch, The Robber Hotzenplotz, and The Little Water Sprite

Anthea Bell is a renowned translator from the German, French, and Danish, and the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize, and, three times over, the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. She has translated Asterix, Hans Christian Andersen, Cornelia Funke, Kerstin Gier, W.G. Sebald, Sigmund Freud, and several novels by Stefan Zweig, including Confusion and Journey into the Past, both available as New York Review Books Classics. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This great book is focused around the character of Krabat.  He is a fourteen-year old beggar boy, who after New Year's Eve is over and the Twelvth Night is approaching, finds himself dressed up as one of the Three Kings, travelling from village to village singing carols.   One night he has the strangest dream.  In it he hears a faraway voice beckoning him to a long-forgotten, mysterious mill.  When he wakes up he finds he is compelled by some unseen force to seek it out.  On his arrival he discovers eleven other boys imprisoned there under the power of an evil Master who practises the Black Arts and has the boys entangled in his sorcery so they are unable to escape and be free.   The boys are worked unmercifully in the grain mill and although given enough food are completely under the spell of this one-eyed madman.  That one eye keeps a very close watch on the boys and their activities so no one can escape from him or do him evil.  On Friday nights he calls the boys together, turns them into black ravens and perches them around him in the room.  He then instructs them out of his book of necromancy, which no one but he is allowed to touch.    Can Krabat find a way to escape and get his life back once again or is he doomed to be a pawn for the evil Master forever?  Is there hope for him and the other boys?  One day  he hears the church bells tolling and the sound of a girl's voice singing an Easter hymn with such clarity and purity that his soul is awakened. He seeks her out and together with the help of his friends and the girl find a way to set a plan in motion to defeat the wicked Master and finally be released from his evil hold on them.   It is a story of magic, control, imprisonment, courage, high adventure, sweet love and freedom.  It is a wonderful story written by a wonderful storyteller, one not to be missed.