Book Reviews of The Apprentice

The Apprentice
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ISBN-13: 9780374404321
ISBN-10: 0374404321
Publication Date: 8/30/1994
Pages: 112
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Book Type: Paperback
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Set in Renaissance Florence, this import from Spain begins as a gothic. Arduino, a 13-year-old boy from a family of prestigious tailors, convinces his father to apprentice him to a master painter, only to find that the Maestro is ill-tempered, miserly and , out of jealousy, has secretly imprisoned a gifted, orphaned apprentice in the attic. At this point Llorente's plotting turns operatic, with fortuitously timed illnesses (the Maestro's), the entrance of a benevolent duke with a handsome commission to bestow and Arduino, the newest boy in the atelier, suddenly calling the shots. Each of the characters is a type of extreme, either saintly or heinous or impassioned, although the Maestro manages, at various stages, to be all three. A motif about individual freedom only adds to the ballast. Ages 9-12
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