The Grave Robber's Apprentice 
Allan Stratton
256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Source: ARC
Rating: LIKED

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.

Hans and Angela are on the run. Angela is running away from the evil archduke Arnulf to Peter the Hermit. Hans is running away from Knobbe the Bent, Hans adopted father to no one in particular. Crossing paths with each other the two of them must first figure out who Hans really is before continuing their journey. Arnulf has the upper-hand though, with the help of the Necromancer and his Weevils- little being- Arnulf will do anything to destroy them both.

I have read many books with the same exact plot, but Allan Stratton adds a unique twist that will keep you reading till the end. The Grave Robbers Apprentice is really enchanting in its own way. With a place filled with, dancing bears, Necromancers, evil archdukes, and Weevils, Allan Stratton kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story.

Though The Grave Robbers Apprentice isn’t my favorite book I’ll still give it five stars with its funny and weird characters.

This review was written by my 11 year old sister, Asma! 


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    ashelynn hetland

    March 24, 2012

    ooh, great review, Asma! This book sounds very interesting, and after reading your review, I'm definitely going to check it out. :) Thanks!

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    March 24, 2012

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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    Dizneeee (Lisa)

    March 24, 2012

    You had me at dancing bears!

    Great review, Asma! Thank you!

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    Dizneeee (Lisa)

    March 24, 2012

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    Gina @ My Precious

    March 24, 2012

    Nice review, I hadn't heard of this book before reading your review. I've added it to my TBR, sounds exactly like the kind of book I like to read.

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    Jasmine Rose

    April 13, 2012

    I hadn't heard of this book, but your review makes it sound worth the read!

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    November 15, 2012

    I've never heard of this author before. The premise sounds pretty interesting. The cover isn't bad either. :)