Professor Owl’s Book Corner Book Of The Week ~ 7th. February, 2015



The Witch’s Boy

by Kelly Barnhill

The witches boy

Kindle Edition:  CDN$5.44

Paperback Edition: CDN$8.19

Hardcover Edition CDN$17.56

 “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. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.
In the meantime, across the enchanted forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King, who is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” When Áine’s and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to stop the war that’s about to boil over between their two kingdoms?”


  • “A story with many alluring elements . . . Barnhill creates an absorbing world of kingdoms and prophecies in which transformation comes through language, and through courage and self-awareness as well . . . [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.” —


  • “[Barnhill] is an eloquent writer who spins beautiful lines . . . This spellbinding fantasy begs for a cozy chair, a stash of Halloween candy and several hours of uninterrupted reading time.” —The Washington Post


  • “In a story of an unexpected hero, a thief’s daughter, and some very tricky magic, Barnhill weaves a powerful narrative . . . Barnhill elegantly joins the story’s diverse threads in a complex tale whose poignancy never turns sentimental.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


  •  “A classic origin-quest tale . . . brimming with a well-drawn, colourful supporting cast, a strong sense of place, and an enchanted forest with a personality to rival some of the best depictions of magical woods.” —School Library Journal, starred review


Kelly Barnhill is deft at crafting strong characters, and this classic fairy tale is filled with other worldly beasties and plenty of magic.”  she has done a wonderful job of interweaving the stories of Ned, Áine, Sister Witch and the stones.  In wonderfully written and fast-paced adventure through forest and flood, bandits and courtiers, wolves and queens and witches, the boy and the girl must stop a war, restore magic to its rightful place, and find their own places in a world they’ve helped to make bigger. A book I really enjoyed reading. ~ Sylvia McGrath ~Professor Owl’s Book Corner

Product Description:

The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his.
A Washington Post Best Book of 2014
A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2014
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014
A Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” 2014



Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3442 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161620351X


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