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The Accidental Apprentice

(Wilderlore #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  94 reviews
A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally br
Published March 30th 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
for those of you looking to fill a Harry Potter-shaped hole in your life, THIS IS IT. I've never read something to quite match that series yet. it has lovable, root-able characters, fascinating beasts, a thrilling adventure, and a new world to lose yourself in. The Accidental Apprentice is like a mashup of HP, How to Train Your Dragon, Fairy Tail, and Pokemon. it's like all the fantasy I've loved all my life. I would take DOZENS of books about these Lore Keepers! ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
I genuinely cannot remember the last time I read a middle grade novel, and I don't think I could have picked a better one than Amanda Foody's first entry into the MG world. I fell in love from the first page and adored every minute of it.

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

Barclay Thorne is a mushroom farmer apprentice in Dullshire, a little town with a lot of rules. With his wild hair and dirty nails, he doesn't seem to fit in, but he certainly tries. When he breaks another rule by entering the
**Thank you RivetedLit and Simon & Schuster for hosting a giveaway for the ARC! :)

CUTE! Wilderlore is just what you would expect from a middle-grade: quirky characters, imaginative world, and a light-hearted plot that keeps moving.

I think anyone within the target audience range will be sure to enjoy this How to Train Your Dragon meets Pokemon-esque novel featuring mythical creatures, not just dragons, and a magic community.

The story’s pacing is well thought out with our main character, Barclay
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An utter delight! I am delighted and I cannot wait to have this on my shelf! Recalls the joys of the books I grew up reading, with new magic and fresh twists thrown in. Plus, a world you want to live in, even if it means being a pooper scooper.
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, blog-tour, netgalley
This book was a lot of fun! It kinda felt like a lot of my favorite middle-grade fantasy series got together and made this book. It has adventure, fun, and a new fantastical world to explore! What could be better?

Barclay, our main character, is kinda a unicorn of a middle-grade character. Most middle-grade main characters in fantasy/adventure books *crave* adventure. They seek out the danger and magic that so often comes in fantasy worlds. Barclay, however, is thrust into this world without cons
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Netgalley for review~.

3.5 ish stars rounded up.

I thought this was a pretty fun fantasy adventure. Younger me would have liked it very much. If you like Pokemon and the idea of monster collecting you’ll be right at home. (At least what I know of the Pokemon plot.) There’s many similarities to the Naruto story line as well, especially in regard to the exam and the hero’s backstory, although the mc’s personality is a polar opposite to Naruto’s.

I was surprised by one of th
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Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Omg!!!! I want the sequel now please! I want more! It was amaze balls..... oh I loved it, even suggested it to my friends and one of them already preordered it! I will add it to my collection as well.. Nevermoor, HP, Pokemon or Animal totem vibes... it’s a mix of everything I love! Thank you Netgalley for this opportunity and to the publisher as well! I’m gonna go post this in my book clubs and tell everyone to buy it hihi
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh, this was great fun! I eagerly look forward to the next book.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Wilderlore is a cute and quirky middle-grade novel featuring charming characters, an imaginative world, and a light-hearted plot. It will be perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and Pokemon. This is a strong start to a great new fantasy series.
Avery Elise
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, physical-book
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Accidental Apprentice was such an amazing book full of whimsical charm. The theme was of the novel really profound, and you could see it all throughout the book. The world building was so, so amazing! I felt like I was there with all of the characters. Sycomore is described perfectly, and the woods are so full of imagery. It's got amazing elements targeted at animal lovers and fantasy lovers, plus it's got a reluctant hero, a confident heroin and wonderful friendships. Amand

Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As long as he can remember, Barclay Thorne has never fit in. The town of Dullshire has lots of rules that he tends to break, and with his parents killed by a beast attack when he was young there's no one to defend him. Hard work has kept him alive, granted him everything he has including an apprenticeship to the local mushroom farmer. This is destined to be his future until a chance encounter in the woods changes his life forever. The woods are dangerous and forbidden to enter but when his fello ...more
Heather Hughes
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster, Amanda Foody and TBR and Beyond Tours for providing me with a finished copy of this book. My review is completely honest.

I’m such a big lover of Amanda’s books since I got an early copy of her stand-alone Daughter of the Burning City. So, I was super excited to see her take a leap in a new direction with her first middle grade series! She hit this one out of the park.

We meet Barclay Thorne as a mushroom farmer in Dullshire, where there’s rules around every cor
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing


The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody
Hosted by TBR @tbrbeyondtours & @amandafoody

Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away t
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: MG fans of Pokemon
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

TW: violence, bullying, mentions of death/murder
CW: dead parents

This is like a whole new Pokemon world: a boy bonding with a more-or-less cute monster in a world where they run wild until they're "tamed" by humans. It's not exactly Ash's story, but it's close. Add to that the big villain being a collector of monsters (although slightly smarter than Team Rocket) and the boy making friends
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it


I love reading middle-grade fantasy adventures, and “The Accidental Apprentice” did not disappoint.

Barclay is the perfect character for this type of novel. He is confused, scared, and practically thrown out of Dullshire with the townspeople carrying pitchforks. Yet, he also stays hopeful and strong-minded to fix everything. The author progressed him in a fluid manner where you see him grow and like the Lore in Sycomore. He sh
Brandy {The Review Booth}
I enjoyed the unique magic system in the book. It doesn’t seem that the people themselves are magical but the creatures that bond with them are. I liked that the higher-ranked Beasts choose their Lore Keeper – while the common but no less useful Beasts can be bonded with by essentially anyone. The unique magic and abilities each Beast can share with its Keeper was interesting. While Beasts don’t “level up” or “evolve” like Pokémon it reminded me of it. It also reminded me of Magic the Gathering ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Barclay has only ever wanted to be an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer. He’s worked hard and followed all of the rules after his parents’ death when a Beast attacked their small town. The town has lots of rules, some small and some large. One of the biggest is not to wander into the Woods that surrounds it. Barclay wouldn’t dream of breaking the rules, until one day he finds himself a bit farther into the Woods than he meant to be. It’s when he’s there that he bonds accidentally with a B ...more
Jenny (levicorpvs_)
The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody delightfully delivered all the things I loved in a Middle-grade fantasy: enthralling world-building, fascinating characters, and a fast-paced plot. Reading this novel was such a fun experience.

The story followed Barclay Thorne, a mushroom farmer apprentice in Dullshire. He was an orphan, and to fit in, all he had to do was to follow the town's rules. However, he unintentionally bonded with a Beast when he entered the forbidden Woods, which resulted in Ba
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fantasy
Barclay works as an apprentice to a mushroom farmer in the town of Dullshire. Surrounding the town are the beast-filled Woods. Almost as feared as the beasts are the Lore Keepers, outsiders who have bonded with the beasts and can use the beasts' powers When Barclay is forced to flee into the Woods, a beast becomes bonded with him, turning him into a Lore Keeper. Banished from Dullshire, Barclay becomes determined to undo the bond. But to do that, he will have to venture further into the Woods an ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Accidental Apprentice is the first book in a new series for middle grade readers by Amanda Foody. Due out 30th March 2021 from Simon & Schuster on their Margaret K. McElderry imprint, it's 304 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

This is an action packed, well paced, rollicking adventure. It's aimed at middle grade readers (approximately grades 3-7) but definitely enjoyable as an all ages read. The author is gift
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (Simon & Schuster Canada) for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Amanda Foody (the author of the Ace of Shades trilogy and Daughter of the Burning City) is one of my favourite authors of all time. When I saw the first book in her new middle-grade series was available for request on Netgalley, I was so excited. I was ecstatic when I got approved.

Going into this book, I had high hopes for it to become a new favourite, and it did! The Accid
Tonja Drecker
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Finally, a middle grade fantasy, which lets imagination gallop free while facing beasts, defeating all odds and simply having a good time.

Barclay is a mushroom farming apprentice—the mushroom farming apprentice. He's determined to become the best mushroom farmer in his town, one in which rules are very important and keep any excitement at bay. While searching for a certain mushroom, the unthinkable happens, and Barclay finds himself breaking two rules: he's deep in the forest and facing a Lore.
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read many middle grade books, but I make an exception when it’s written by one of my favorite authors.

Barclay Thorne carries the weight of many worries. He was orphaned after a beast killed his parents and has to work as an apprentice to a mushroom farmer for meals and shelter. He worries about making his deceased parents proud of him. Dullshire (his village) regularly posts new rules he has to remember (sneezing is prohibited in the town square). And then there are all the creatures in
Justice Hill
Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours, author Amanda Foody, and Margaret K. McElderry Books for allowing me to be on this wonderful book tour.

2021 has been the best year for reading for me. I have found so many novels in my favorite genres that I fell completely in love with and that are replacing books that I have had on my favorites list for years. The Accidental Apprentice is the first Middle-Grade novel I have read this year and it is easily one of the best MG series openers I have ever
Jill Jemmett
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Barclay Thorne is an apprentice to a mushroom farmer in Dullshire. He’s an orphan, whose parents were killed by a massive beast. In Barclay’s town, they keep the beasts away. No one is allowed to go into the forest where the beasts live. When his friend goes running into the forest while they’re gathering mushrooms one day, Barclay follows him. Barclay’s worst nightmare comes true when he encounters a beast, who creates a bond with him, turning Barclay into a Lore Keeper. Barclay is run out of t ...more
Kate Waggoner
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
In Dullshire there are rules. No running. No getting dirty. No going into the woods. And, absolutely no lore (magic). Barclay, as an orphan, has to work hard but is content with his position as a mushroom farmer's apprentice and his life in Dullshire. Things change when he's searching for a mushroom and ends up deep within the woods. Barclay has a run in with a beast. Rather than being killed, the beast bonds with him making him a lore keeper. Barclay returns to Dullshire hoping to keep his secr ...more
Amanda B
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: em-middle-grade
4.5 stars - RTC.

Thank you, NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC of The Accidental Apprentice in exchange for an honest review. I love a good middle-grade story. So, when I learned that Foody (who gained my love and admiration with her YA books) was releasing a middle-grade series, I was beyond excited.
The Accidental Apprentice follows Barclay Thorne when his life changes. He’s an orphan that lives in a town full of rules. He’s working as an apprentice to the town’s mushroo
Kid Lit Reviews
The Accidental Apprentice is an amazing read (I read it twice just for fun and can’t wait for the next edition). Kids who like fantasy worlds will thoroughly be delighted with the worlds Ms. Foody created.
First, is Barclay’s childhood home in Dullshire, a place where rules rein and those who do not follow the rules are ostracized—at best. Barclay is an orphan with no one to raise him or even guide him. All of Dullshire looks down upon “Barclay-the-orphan.” Still, Dullshire is the only home Ba
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Apprentice is the story of Barclay Thorne, a mushroom farmer’s apprentice. His parents were killed by a Beast and now he hates everything to do with them and their Lore Keepers. But the life he knew comes to an end when he accidentally bonds with a Beast. He flees from his village in the hopes of discovering a way to break that bond. He just might have found the answer: if he is first in a competition between Lore Keepers seeking apprenticeship, one of the masters will help him. T ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 but I’m rounding up because I think the target audience will adore this book. Thank you to the publisher for an ARC!

There’s a lot that’s fun about this one. Magic is called lore - which I think is refreshing. People can bond with beasts - which gives them lore to use and it’s kinda like a cute side kick. There are tons of beasts to learn about which inhabit this world. There’s a tournament if sorts which the main character, Barclay, must compete in. It’s great for kiddos who like How to Trai
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Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean.

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