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Middle Grade Fiction 103
A beautifully written magical tale
(Updated: May 25, 2024)
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Wishkeeper's Apprentice is a beautiful chapter book combining fantastic characters, imaginative detail and action, and a glimpse into a magical world. Felix is a typical boy from an ordinary family who deals with feelings of hope, longing, frustration, and feeling out of place everywhere. Rupus, the wish keeper of the small town of Whittlestone, is wonderful and warm, a bit absent-minded, and knows a lot more than he is willing to say. And he has no problem granting "illegal" wishes. The story's pace, the unfolding events, the twists and turns, and the smatterings of humor and drama make for an unforgettable journey. Beautiful black-and-white illustrations throughout help set the scene. (And, oh yes, there is a map!) A smaller format adds to the appeal of this book; it makes it feel more magical and classic. Perfect for newly confident readers (and 7+) or sharing at home or in the classroom. Charming, adventurous, enchanting, I just loved it.
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