Our team of PJ Our Way professionals puts great thought into each month's selections. These books span a range of interests and reading levels, however, we cannot guarantee that every book is the right fit for every child. Each month, this blog will include updated parent information including summaries, discussion points, and content warnings for every title we offer.


The Inquisitor's Apprentice

Posted November 01, 2015  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Thirteen year-old Sacha Kessler is the Jewish Harry Potter of the Lower East Side. 
 
The Inquisitor’s Apprentice presents an alternative, magical reality with the colorful backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York. Neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, the Bowery, and Chinatown are not only divided along ethnic and class lines, but also according to magical skill and expertise, and they are policed by the Inquisitor Squad (a special division of the NYPD dedicated to monitoring magical crimes). Because of his unusual ability to detect magic, Sacha finds himself apprenticed to Maximilian Wolf, New York’s most powerful inquisitor. Sacha is joined by the wealthy and privileged Lily Astral (based on the famous Astors), and together they attempt to identify the person trying to murder Thomas Edison. As Lily and Sacha fit the pieces of this magical puzzle together, they meet Harry Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt, and the cunning and sly Wall Street Wizard, J.P. Morgaunt.
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