The Bookseller’s Apprentice
Twelve-year-old Billy Pyke has a talent for sorting things out, whether it’s his chaotic family home or the busy book stall at Paddy’s Market. In 1871, the market is the loud, smelly, marvellous heart of Melbourne, and Billy is delighted to work at the book stall there for the eccentric Mr Cole. When his new friend Kezia warns him of a sinister magician called the Obscurosmith, Billy can’t believe her stories of magical deals gone horribly wrong – until he sees them happening. And the night that the Obscurosmith crosses a terrifying and dangerous line, Billy realises something: if he wants the Obscurosmith stopped, he’ll have to do it himself.
Award-winning author Amelia Mellor delivers another race-against-time adventure in this action-packed prequel to The Grandest Bookshop in the World. Loaded with tricks, riddles, magic and mayhem, The Bookseller’s Apprentice is perfect for Mellor fans and newcomers alike.
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- Middle Grade Fiction
An English teacher in regional Victoria, Amelia was a finalist in the 2016 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Contest. She received a 2018 ASA Award Mentorship and won the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust’s Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship in 2018 for The Grandest Bookshop in the World.
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