The Witch's Boy

The Witch's Boy

By Kelly Barnhill

Algonquin Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781616203511, 384pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Description
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" 2014The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his. 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. Meanwhile, across the enchanted forest that borders Ned's village lives Aine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King, who is haunted by her mother's last wordsto her: The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his. When Aine'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?


About the Author
Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Both her most recent novel", The Witch's Boy", and her first novel, "The Mostly True Story of Jack, "received four-star reviews, and her second, "Iron Hearted Violet, "received a Parents Choice Gold Award"." Kelly lives on a city street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a field and a creek behind her house. A coyote runs by every morning at six a.m. and a heron flies over her yard just before the sun sets on slow summer evenings. Kelly is a fast runner and a steady hiker and a good camper. She also makes delicious pie. She has received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Loft. She has three very smart kids and one very smart husband.