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The Real Boy

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National Book Award Longlist * Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book of the Year

"Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets."--Franny Billingsley, author of Chime

The Real Boy, Anne Ursu's follow-up to her widely acclaimed and beloved middle grade fantasy Breadcrumbs, is a spellbinding tale of the power we all wield, great and small.

On an island on the edge of an immense sea there is a city, a forest, and a boy named Oscar. Oscar is a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the village, and spends his days in a small room in the dark cellar of his master's shop grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island generations ago. Oscar's world is small, but he likes it that way. The real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite fit in it.

But now that world is changing. Children in the city are falling ill, and something sinister lurks in the forest. Oscar has long been content to stay in his small room in the cellar, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the forest will keep his island safe. Now even magic may not be enough to save it.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 240g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062015087
  • 9780062015082
  • 281,821

Review quote

Anne Ursu s The Real Boy is a fantasy in the truest, deepest sense: it illuminates the human experience by giving substance and shape to that which is otherwise intangible. Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets. --Franny Billingsley, author of Chime"
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Oscar, a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow, spends his days in a dark cellar grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once walked the forests of his island. Oscar's world is small, but he likes it that way. The real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite fit in it.

But now that world is changing. Children in the nearby city are falling ill, something sinister lurks in the forest--and now even magic may not be enough to keep the island safe. Anne Ursu has written an unforgettable story of transformation and belonging--a spellbinding tale of the way in which the power we all wield, great and small, lies in the choices we make.
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Rating details

5,114 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 39% (1,989)
4 31% (1,607)
3 21% (1,057)
2 6% (325)
1 3% (136)
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