The inquisitor's apprentice / Chris Moriarty ; illustrations by Mark Edward Geyer.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler's ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department's star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.
    • Notes:
      Sequel: The Watcher in the shadows.
      Middle School.
      870 Lexile.
      Accelerated Reader 5.7.
      Reading Counts! 5.6.
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    • ABNT:
      MORIARTY, C.; GEYER, M. The inquisitor’s apprentice. [s. l.]: Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011. ISBN 9780547581354. Disponível em: Acesso em: 7 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Moriarty C, Geyer M. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice. Harcourt Children’s Books; 2011. Accessed August 7, 2020.
    • APA:
      Moriarty, C., & Geyer, M. (2011). The inquisitor’s apprentice. Harcourt Children’s Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Moriarty, Chris, and Mark Geyer. 2011. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice: [Bk. 1]. Harcourt Children’s Books.
    • Harvard:
      Moriarty, C. and Geyer, M. (2011) The inquisitor’s apprentice. Harcourt Children’s Books (The inquisitor’s apprentice: [bk. 1]). Available at: (Accessed: 7 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Moriarty, C & Geyer, M 2011, The inquisitor’s apprentice, The inquisitor’s apprentice: [bk. 1], Harcourt Children’s Books, viewed 7 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Moriarty, Chris, and Mark Geyer. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Moriarty, Chris, and Mark Geyer. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice. The Inquisitor’s Apprentice: [Bk. 1]. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Moriarty C, Geyer M. The inquisitor’s apprentice [Internet]. Harcourt Children’s Books; 2011 [cited 2020 Aug 7]. (The inquisitor’s apprentice: [bk. 1]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2011 November #1

Moriarty's thoroughly imagined alternate history has a killer premise. It's set in turn-of-the-century New York City, where industrialization is slowly overtaking the magic of the old world. Kabbalists flood the Lower East Side, Irish Hexers roam Hell's Kitchen, and the Wall Street Wizards get fat off of everyone. It's up to a special police unit, the Inquisitors, to investigate magical crimes. Sacha, grandson of a tenement rabbi, discovers that he can see spells being cast, and he becomes an intern to famed Inquisitor Maximilian Wolf. The case: discover who sent a dybbuk to kill Thomas Edison, who's just invented a magic-spotting machine. The mystery unfolds at a heady clip as Sacha gets tangled in a web that also grips the likes of Harry Houdini and Teddy Roosevelt. It's all more involved than most middle-grade fantasies, and the setting-specific references may be lost on kids unfamiliar with New York. Still, the atmospherics are consistently artful (and are further propped up by Geyer's sporadically placedartwork), and a world this well thought out richly deserves the sequel that's no doubt coming. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring

Magic is common but illegal in this book's alternate-history Lower East Side. When Sacha discovers his rare ability to see it, the police put him to use. Soon Sacha is embroiled in an investigation that pits witchcraft against turn-of-the-twentieth-century technology, with an undercurrent of class and ethnic tensions. Suspense along with cheeky historical revision provide plenty of incentive to keep reading.

PW Reviews 2011 September #2

Adult SF writer Moriarty (Spin State) makes her children's book debut with a fabulously imaginative historical fantasy. Set in an early 20th-century New York City where every ethnic group has its own magic—Jewish bakers sell "mother-in-latkes," guaranteed to provide the perfect son-in-law—the story concerns 13-year-old Sacha Kessler, who discovers an ability to see magic and gets apprenticed to Maximillian Wolf, an Inquisitor specializing in solving magical crimes. Sacha is pleased to have a job, but his grandfather is an illegal Kabbalist and his Uncle Mordechai is a Trotskyite Anarcho-Wiccanist, so he has his secrets, too. Wolf, Sacha, and snooty Lily Astral (a fellow apprentice) are on the case when someone attempts to murder Thomas Edison using a dybbuk. Other figures, historical and not quite, become involved, including Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, and the wizard of Wall Street—James Pierpont Morgaunt. Moriarty's novel is chock-full of period detail (both in the author's confident prose and Geyer's occasional pen-and-ink illustrations), feisty character dynamics, and a solid sense of humor. It's a fascinating example of alternate history that leaves the door open for future mysteries. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)

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