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Historical fiction with a magic twist - turn of the century New York City

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The Inquisitor's Apprentice   You live with all of your relatives and then some in a tenement apartment in the Bowry area of New York City.  Thousands of immigrants crowd the streets selling their wares and Sacha is just trying to make a name for himself when it is discovered that he can see magic in the making.  This brings him to the attention of the Inquisitor Maximillian Wolf who takes him under his wing as an apprentice along with the daughter of a high society family - Astral (read Astor)  Their goal is to find the dybbuk who is trying to kill Thomas Edison or steal his newest invention.  Sacha has his hands full trying to help Wolf and protect his family who may be committing unlawful magic .  Real historic names like Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison and Harry Houdini find their place in the story alongside other families designed to remind us of Astor, Vanderbilt and Morgan.  Very imaginative storyline and wonderful old time drawings make this a winner on many levels.  Older kids will appreciate the history but all will enjoy the story.

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