The Grave Robber's Apprentice
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Orphan Hans was discovered as a baby, in an escutcheoned box on the seashore, by Knobbe, the grave robber. When Knobbe expects him to begin robbing graves himsel, Hans runs away, but his path soon crosses that of the feisty Countess Angela, who is herself on the run to escape certain death at the hands of the evil Archduke and his Necromancer. Together, they endure many exciting and terrifying experiences, meeting some new friends and discovering that loyalty and kindness are more important than wealth, before arriving at a classic fairy tale resolution.
Stratton offers up a rumbunctious new take on an old fairy-tale theme in this hugely engaging, humorous and exciting novel that is ideal for readers at upper primary level.