The Magician's Apprentice

The Magician's Apprentice

By Kate Banks; Peter Sis (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374347161, 213pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012


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 has written many books for children, among them "Max's Words", "And If the Moon Could Talk", winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and "The Night Worker", winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. "I especially liked picture books," she says, "and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen." Banks attended Wellesley College and received her master's in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.

Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

Praise For The Magician's Apprentice

"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