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Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

By Otfried Preussler
Translated by Anthea Bell 

“One of my favorite books.” —Neil Gaiman

A dark thriller about a boy forcibly made apprentice to a sorcerer, set against enchanted woods and shadowy ruins.

New Year’s has passed. Twelfth Night is almost here. Krabat, a fourteen-year-old beggar boy dressed up as one of the Three Kings, is traveling from village to village singing carols. One night he has a strange dream in which he is summoned by a faraway voice to go to a mysterious mill—and when he wakes he is irresistibly drawn there. At the mill he finds eleven other boys, all of them, like him, the apprentices of its Master, a powerful sorcerer, as Krabat soon discovers. During the week the boys work ceaselessly grinding grain, but on Friday nights the Master initiates them into the mysteries of the ancient Art of Arts. One day, however, the sound of church bells and of a passing girl singing an Easter hymn penetrates the boys’ prison: At last a plan is set in motion that will win them their freedom and put an end to the Master’s dark designs.

Krabat & the Sorcerer’s Mill was one of Cornelia Funke’s most beloved books as a child, and it is easy to see why. It is a wondrous story of magic, black and white; of courage and cunning; and of high adventure.

Paperback
256 pages
Age range: 8-12
NYRB Kids, 2024
Originally published in 1971
5.25 x 0.64 x 7.58 inches
ISBN 9781681377919
Middle Grade Reading, Classic German Children's Literature

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