The Magician's Apprentice (Hardcover)
Sixteen-year-old Baz becomes apprenticed to a powerful but kind magician and learns to look at the world anew as they travel together. Black-and-white line drawings. (11-14)
— From Folklore and Fairy Tales
Baz has always dreamed about following his two older brothers out of his dusty little town, so when a stranger comes to his family's home and asks him to be a weaver's apprentice, Baz is eager to start his journey. But when he reaches the village of Kallah and starts his apprenticeship, Baz learns that his master is very cruel. And when the master trades Baz to a magician for a sword, Baz expects no better from his new owner. But as Baz travels with this kind-hearted and wise magician, their journey takes him across the desert, up a mountain, and into the depths of life's meaning. He learns to re-examine his beliefs about people, the world, and himself, discovering that the whole world is connected and no person can ever be owned.
About the Author
Kate Banks is the award-winning author of many books, including most recently This Baby. She lives in the south of France.Peter Sis is the three-time Caldecott-Honor writer/illustrator of many books, including Tibet Through the Red Box. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
"Banks has woven a beautiful, mystical journey that will enable insightful readers to ponder their own callings and place in the world.”--School Library Journal
"A moving, thoughtful apprentice tale.”--Kirkus
"Sís’s distinctive, diminutive line drawings appear throughout as spot illustrations, perfectly complementing the understated yet rich voice in which Baz’s story is told.”--Publishers Weekly
". . . beautiful . . ." —Booklist
". . . lyrical, imagistic, and thought-provoking." —Horn Book