The Accidental Apprentice (1) (Wilderlore)
The Accidental Apprentice (1) (Wilderlore)

A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods in this whimsical and cheeky middle grade fantasy debut—perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him. (From

Book Details


  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12

Eleven-year-old Barclay Throne does not like adventure. Instead, he likes to follow the rules especially since he already sticks out in town. He was orphaned just seven years ago when a beast attacked Dullshire, the town he lives in. Luckily, Barclay was able to secure an apprenticeship with Master Pilzman, the mushroom farmer in town. Things are starting to look up for Barclay until Master Pilzman accepts a second apprentice, eight-year-old Selby. Selby is annoying, lazy, and hates mushrooms.  Plus, unlike Barclay, Selby has a family waiting for him at home.

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