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The Spook's revenge

The Spook's revenge

Delaney, Joseph, 1945- author; Wyatt, David, 1968- illustrator

'He's the seventh son of a seventh son. His name is Thomas J. Ward and he's my gift to the County. When he's old enough we'll send you word. Train him well. He'll be the best apprentice you've ever had and he'll also be your last'. These were the words of Tom's Mam to the county Spook some years ago. As Tom, the Spook and their allies prepare to battle with the Fiend on a huge scale, to finally enact their revenge, it now remains to be seen whether Mam's declaration will come true

Hardback, Book. English. Teenage Fiction. Horror. Young adult fiction. Fiction 13+. Horror tales.
Published London: The Bodley Head, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Joseph Delaney ; interior illustrations by David Wyatt
ISBN: 0370332040, 9780370332048
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Physical Description: 299 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Series: The Wardstone chronicles ; book 13
Subject: Ward, Thomas (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Series Title: Wardstone chronicles ; book 13.

Author note

Joseph Delaneyis a retired English teacher. He has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church.

Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.


"As gripping and gruesome as fans have come to expect . . . Delaney has a spellbinding gift"
Suzi Feay, Financial Times

Back cover copy

'I know that I'm approaching the end of my time in this world. But there's one thing more that I want to do - use the last of my strength to destroy the Fiend for ever. We need to pay him back for all the suffering and misery he's inflicted upon the world.'