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The Witch's Boy (Prebound)

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Ned's twin brother was killed in a tragic accident when they were young boys. In an attempt to save them both, their Mother the village Witch uses magic to stitch his soul to Ned. The magic which is of course never supposed to be used for personal gain has unintended consequences and leaves Ned a weak and stuttering boy, teased and barely tolerated by the rest of his village. When his mother is unexpectedly called away by the queen, Ned is left to guard the tempermental magic. In her absence, the bandit king, who is obsessed and pulled by the magic, tries to steal it away setting off a chain of events and turning Ned into an unlikely hero. This is a page-turning fantasy adventure story with a rich cast of characters, told from multiple perspectives. I simply couldn't put it down!

— Shannon, Books Inc. Children's Department Buyer


This spellbinding fantasy begs for a cozy chair and several hours of uninterrupted reading time. "The Washington Post" When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Across the forest that borders Ned's village, Aine, the daughter of the Bandit King, is haunted by her mother's last words: The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his. When the Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned's mother, a witch, is meant to protect, Aine and Ned meet. Can they trust each other long enough to cross a dangerous enchanted forest and stop the war about to boil over between their two kingdoms? Barnhill is a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman. " Minneapolis Star Tribune" "The Witch's Boy"] should open young readers eyes to something that is all around them in the very world we live in: the magic of words. " The New York Times" This is a book to treasure. " Nerdy Book Club"A "Washington Post "Best Book of 2014 A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 2014 A "Kirkus Reviews "Best Children's Book of 2014 A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2014

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606393812
ISBN-10: 0606393811
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English