Wednesday, August 08, 2012
After his father’s sudden disappearance, 12 year old Cully takes a job at Batty’s Antique Shop to help with the family finances. Little does he know that old man Batty is interested in more than antiques. He collects (really, though, steals) people’s shadows, which seems weird at first, but even weirder when Cully sees how people react once their shadows are in the hands of Mr. Batty. With the help of friends, Cully uses unique spy tactics to solve the mystery of where his father went and what Mr. Batty does with those shadows once they no longer have an owner.
A cross between mystery, fantasy, and spy novels, The Shadow Collector’s Apprentice by Amy Gordon will appeal to readers in 4th – 7th grades.