The Magician's Apprentice
Growing up in an isolated Middle Eastern village, sixteen-year-old Baz longs for his chance to become a weaver’s apprentice. His first master is cruel and sells him for a sword. Tadis, a wandering magician, offers him freedom and the opportunity to follow him on a journey to discover truth and wisdom. The challenging trek takes them across deserts, through small villages and up a strange mountain. Tadis speaks in perplexing riddles as they struggle against physical elements and suffer hunger, weakness and exhaustion. Baz learns to better appreciate food and other basic comforts after extreme denial. He learns to realize the truth in Tadis’ simple teachings which reflect Zen and Buddhist beliefs. Symbolic meaning and beautiful lyrical writing in this fable-like story will interest readers who enjoy introspective and thought-provoking works. Recommended for ages 10-14.
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