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The Accidental Apprentice

(Wilderlore #1)

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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
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Expected publication: March 30th 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Holly
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
delaney
**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
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Amanda
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.
Jill
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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Kimmy’s books journey
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
Gretal
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh, this was great fun! I eagerly look forward to the next book.
Kayleigh
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: physical-book, arc
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

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Mila
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
Sarah
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
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.
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Teri
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
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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
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
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Natalie
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
Nannette Demmler
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
ARC provided by Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing via Netgalley for an honest review.

I loved this story. It was so full of heart and adventure and the world building was marvelous too. I think kids are going to take to this and be clamoring for the next installment as soon as they close the book.

Barclay was a wonderful character. He is determined to do the right thing and follow the rules, even when he knows his heart isn’t really in it. He just wants to find a place where he belongs, eve
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Brittany
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dullshire, a town known for all of its rules and no fun, is surrounded by The Woods full of magical beasts and Lore Keepers. One day, Barclay Thorne, an orphan apprenticed to a mushroom farmer, accidentally breaks the towns number one rule: never enter the woods. He somehow bonds with a beast and is chased out of Dullshire by a mob because of it. Barclay is on a mission to find the Lore Keepers town and break his bond so that he can return to all he’s ever known. Barclay ends up on the adventure ...more
Brittany
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dullshire, a town known for all of its rules and no fun, is surrounded by The Woods full of magical beasts and Lore Keepers. One day, Barclay Thorne, an orphan apprenticed to a mushroom farmer, accidentally breaks the towns number one rule: never enter the woods. He somehow bonds with a beast and is chased out of Dullshire by a mob because of it. Barclay is on a mission to find the Lore Keepers town and break his bond so that he can return to all he’s ever known. Barclay ends up on the adventure ...more
A Broken Zebra
NetGalley ARC

Beautiful all around. The cover, the ongoing story, the relationships...I'm just so in love with this book and I genuinely cannot wait for more installments. I was excited to keep reading every time I picked the book up and kept gushing about it to my husband. Very well written, lovey chemistry, pretty little doodles. The world is such fun (more specifically where the Lore folk dwell)! It's like Pokémon meets Harry Potter meets Dungeons and Dragons meets I don't even know, because F
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Karen Cohn
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barclay is an orphan, apprentice to the mushroom farmer, living in the rule-bound town of Dullsville. After chasing his fellow apprentice into the forbidden Woods, Barclay finds himself possessed of an odd gold tattoo, or Mark. Fleeing home, Barclay discovers a sudden, unwanted ability to control magic, or Lore - an ability forbidden by the rules of Dullsville. Retiring to the Woods to seek a way to remove the Mark, Barclay travels with Viola to Sycomore, a town of magic makers, or Lore Keepers, ...more
Sarah B
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-reader
So much fun!

I loved the twists and turns in this quick middle-grade read. It's not the most inventive story, but I was having too much fun to really care. The world-building is excellent and I'm definitely anticipating future books spent in both the magical and non-magical lands mentioned here. Foody did a great job making the world feel immersive and exciting and really desirable. I love the idea of a town so worried about not offending anyone they celebrate every holiday they learn about, just
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perfectlyamberb
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book was such a charming read. Amanda Foody really takes the reader on a journey full of whimsy and delight. The world she has created is so atmospheric. I felt like I was really in Sycomore exploring the world of enchanting beasts. I loved all the characters in this book, especially Barclay. Watching him grow from a serious lore hating mushroom apprentice to a person who embraces their flaws, forgives the past and accepts lore was such a pleasure. There are some twists and turns in this bo ...more
S Tondra
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Apprentice is a magical adventure with a boy finding where he belongs and what friendship really means. I think readers grades 4-6 will enjoy following Barclay and learning all about the Woods and magical creatures that become companions. I am excited that this is the first story in the series and I'm looking forward to reading more about Barclay and his new friends adventures. I also wanted to mention that I really like the cover art as well.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publis
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Jessica
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the arc. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one as middle grade books can be tough to read and enjoy as an adult sometimes, but this one was a pleasant surprise. There’s likable characters, a fresh story, and some good old good versus evil in here with twists to keep you interested. It’s a clean fantasy perfect for middle grade fantasy fans. I found Barclay a bit irritating at times with his sticking to his life issues, but I see potential for decent future books, ...more
Jennifer
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. This opener in a new middle grade fantasy series takes common elements from its predecessors and makes them it's own. Barclay, after losing his parents to a magical beast, just wants a very boring life. But when he has to chase after another boy into the woods, he finds himself inexplicably bonded to a beast and thus evicted from his life as a mushroom farmer's apprentice in Dullshire. What follows is a series of magical contests, bullies, eccentric teachers, and of course, a big bo ...more
Brittany N Wilson
What a rich magical world full of exotic beasts and fun characters! I absolutely loved this book. It was great to see a male main character again that learns to appreciate who he is. Barclay's development was so believable and organically refreshing.

I am a sucker for fantastic beasts and this story did not disappoint. The world is brimming with life and lore and magical creatures with unique abilities. On top of that, it also includes beasts as companions which I am all about.

The ending wasn't
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Brittany N Wilson
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, children, fantasy
What a rich magical world full of exotic beasts and fun characters! I absolutely loved this book. It was great to see a male main character again that learns to appreciate who he is. Barclay's development was so believable and organically refreshing.

I am a sucker for fantastic beasts and this story did not disappoint. The world is brimming with life and lore and magical creatures with unique abilities. On top of that, it also includes beasts as companions which I am all about.

The ending wasn't
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Pamela Powell
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this one and I'm so glad I did! This is a delightful story set in an enchanting world. Barclay Thorne has lived in Dullshire his whole life, and despite being an orphan with no one to look after him, he likes his place. But one day, on a mushroom hunting expedition with another apprentice, he accidentally bonds with a Beast. Thus begins his major adventure of trying to find out how to remove his Beast. Along the way he meets other children who are trying to apprentice to Lor ...more
Nic Cho
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an adventure, it was exciting, humorous, and full of wonder. The introduction of Lore (magic) and all the cool things it does was fun to read about. The growth of Barclay from beginning to end was a treat to read as he begins to find and acknowledge his true wild self. There were a few twists and surprises as well which makes me excited for the next book to learn more about Lore Keepers, Beasts, the Guild, and all the characters.
Thistle
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Mix Pokemon, Harry Potter, and one of those books where someone bonds with a magical beast and it spends time as a moving tattoo on that person's body, and you get The Accidental Apprentice!

Not exactly an original plot, but young readers will probably enjoy the wild ride the MC takes from simple mushroom farmer apprentice to the partner of one of the strongest magic beasts around!

And check out that cover! Who couldn't love that!

Thanks for the ARC, Netgalley!
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