The Grave Robber's Apprentice by Allan Stratton

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Hans doesn't know who he is or where he came from. When he was a baby, he washed ashore in a wooden box and was adopted by the conniving grave robber, Knobbe the Bent. Now fate has thrown him together with Angela von Schwanenberg, a young countess fleeing for her life from the evil Archduke Arnulf and his dreaded Necromancer. Together, these friends are on a daring quest to discover Hans' true identity and to save Angela's parents from the archduke.

Join Hans and Angela on their grand adventure as they ride through the depths of the great forest, sled down a mountain in a coffin, and sneak along the secret passageways of the archduke's palace. The Grave Robber's Apprentice is a world of highwaymen, hermits, and dancing bears; and of a boy separated from his family by the sea.

In this world anything is possible with luck and imagination—even for a grave robber's apprentice.


About Allan Stratton

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Allan Stratton is the internationally acclaimed author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Chanda's Secrets, which was recently made into the film Life After All. His novel Chanda's Wars was a Junior Library Guild selection and his other novels, Borderline and Leslie's Journal, were ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections. He lives with his partner in Toronto. You can visit him online at
Published March 6, 2012 by HarperCollins. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Knobbe raises Hans to follow in his footsteps, though Hans can’t see the honor in it as much as the immorality and ickiness.

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Stratton (Borderline) invokes Shakes-pearean themes and influences to offer a fast-paced, entertaining historical fantasy.

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There are knights and wolves and bears in the woods, and one of the most flamboyant and repulsive villains to be found in books for young people (being blind, he likes to pop items into his eye sockets which are connected to whatever scheme he is currently employed in) but the creatures who will ...

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The evil Archduke has imprisoned the parents of Countess Angela Gabriela von Schwanenberg (be prepared for plenty of names like this) as a punishment for trying to cheat him out of his proposal through faking her own death, and Hans, a young orphan, is feeling the ever increasing pressure to rob ...

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