The Witch's Boy

The Witch's Boy

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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 words to 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?
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781616203511
Call Number: BARNHILL
Characteristics: 372 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Witches -- Juvenile fiction.
Robbers and outlaws -- Juvenile fiction.
Twins -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.


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Jul 26, 2017

My detailed review is on my blog at

This was such a great book and I will have to look into others written by this author. It is very dark because it focuses a lot on death and people dying, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing and is something that older children need to learn about. If not comfortable letting your child read this, it may be a good one to read together and discuss. I think this book is most appropriate for children who are probably 10 and older. It is a terrific story that I wouldn’t mind reading again!

JCLCourtneyS Feb 14, 2017

I read this because I had previously picked up The Girl Who Drank the Moon and loved it. The Witch's boy has the same storytelling greatness in it, and the characters are similarly well-drawn, but I liked The Girl Who Drank the Moon better. I wonder, though, if that would've been the case if I had read them in the opposite order.

Oct 11, 2016

I loved this story. Compelling characters who are well above the ordinary, with danger, adventure and the need for courage on almost every page. Also, it is very well written. The prose is lyrical and flows effortless through the story. I give this one two thumbs up - twice.

Jul 11, 2015

One of the best books I have ever read. Kelly Barnhill shows that magic is something not to be messed with, in a thrilling tale.

Nov 04, 2014

I was equal parts heartbroken and hopeful while reading this book. It is a beautiful tale of loss, obsession and redemption. I would recommend it for readers who understand and appreciate that fairy tales are dark and tragic with only touches of sweetness. Mature, intelligent and with protagonists that are impossible not to fall in love with.


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