Julie Andrews

I'm a library assistant in a public library and a library science student in the San Jose State University SLIS program. This blog is to track my progress in school and to note things of interest to library students, staff, and patrons. Expect to find reviews, essays, musings, and links.

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LIBR 287 - Gamifying Information
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“The Blogger’s Apprentice” Books

Over on my The Blogger’s Bride post, K requested I look at The X’s Apprentice, and also note the gender of the Apprentice and the X. So, yes, I do take requests!

These are only fiction titles found in our library catalog.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Nancy Willard) M/F
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Ted Dewan) M/M — Of note, the apprentice is a robot, with male pronouns.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Felicity Trotman) M/M (retelling)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Inga Moore) M/M (retelling)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (James Ponti) M/M – Disney movie novelization
The Wizard’s Apprentice (Jackie French Koller) M/F
The Shaman’s Apprentice (Lynne Cherry) M/M
The Puppeteer’s Apprentice (D. Anne Love) F/F – The puppeteer is disguised as a man.
The Tiger’s Apprentice (Laurence Yep) M/M – And it’s actually a tiger!
The Midwife’s Apprentice (Karen Cushman) F/F
The Printer’s Apprentice (Stephen Krensky) M/M
The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice (Allen Say) M/M (a bit of a guess based on the cover image)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Laurie R. King) M/F (Sherlock Holmes is the beekeeper)
The Quilter’s Apprentice (Jennifer Chaiverini) F/F
The Heretic’s Apprentice (Ellis Peters) M/M
The Warrior’s Apprentice (Lois McMaster Bujold) M/M
The Baker’s Apprentice (Judith Ryan Hendricks) F/F
The Alchemist’s Apprentice (Dave Duncan) M/M (Nostradamus is the alchemist)
The Alchemaster’s Apprentice (Walter Moers) M/M (The apprentice is a cat-like creature)
The Philosopher’s Apprentice (James Morrow) M/F
The Healer’s Apprentice (Melanie Dickerson) F/F
The Herring-Seller’s Apprentice (L. C. Tyler) M/F – He’s not actually a herring-seller, pity. It’s really an author and his agent.

One thing I instantly notice is there are no YA titles. Which is odd, considering most apprentices would be YA age, wouldn’t they? Maybe they’re Journeymen by then. (Oddly, only 2 titles with Journeyman, one OSC’s Alvin Journeyman and the other The Glasswrights’ Journeyman by Mindy L. Klasky. That apostrophe is in the correct place. And that one does happen to be YA.)

Lots of magic-related or academic sort of professions there. There aren’t a lot of hands-on type craftsman, which would be more typical of apprenticeships. Where’s the carpenter, the gunsmith, the blacksmith, the other-smiths?

The masters are typically male, as kind of expected. The only ones that are women are a quilter, a baker, a healer, a midwife, and the puppeteer who has to go about as a man.

In at least some of the cases where the apprentice is a girl and the master is not, she’s definitely bucking trends to be that. She might be ‘the only girl’ or ‘the first girl’ or it might simply be uncommon. I can’t give exact numbers without actually reading some of the books.

Or where it’s an M/F relationship and the girl is a little older, it probably involves a romantic relationship developing at some point. That seems to be the case in at least two of the titles listed above.

Absolutely none of them had a female master teaching a male apprentice!

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