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The Witch's Boy
The Witch's Boy | Kelly Barnhill
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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 Neds village, ine, the daughter of the Bandit King, is haunted by her mothers last words: The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his. When the Bandit King comes to steal the magic Neds mother, a witch, is meant to protect, ine 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 Witchs 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 Childrens Book of 2014 A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2014
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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Read for Children's Literature class. I really appreciated the world-building in this middle-grade novel; the way in which the magic was presented as an enticing, corrupting force was interesting. Strong female characters in Sister Witch, the Queen, and Aine herself are compelling. I just feel like the pacing was a little bit slow; it picked up once Ned and Aine met.

#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a ghost story (but not like you expect!)

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Theadp
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My son and I loved reading this one together. ❤️

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LauraP15
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"The sea meant I love you.
The sea meant I will one day return.
The sea meant I must find the world..."

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LauraP15
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There storyline was good but the writing was great. I would be interested in anything Barnhill choose to write about. She has a way that reminds me of Gaimen without the cynical edge.

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LauraP15
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"her father had locked himself in his room with a jug of wine and his howling sadness. He stopped going to the shop where he worked. He stopped speaking. His tears flowed like swollen rivers and threatened to drown the both of them. Aine waded through the swamp of her father's grief."

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Bibliogeekery
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This was a great road trip audiobook. It was suspenseful and engaging. My nieces loved it, my partner and I loved it. Tons of fun!

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Bibliogeekery
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We had a wonderful visit in Fredericton and are back on our road trip listening to Witch's Boy again. Such a great book!

TheWordJar Just picked this up at the library. We loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon! 💙 1y
Zelma Cool photo! 1y
Quirkybookworm Great photo! 1y
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BarbaraJean
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I enjoyed this middle grade fantasy/fairy tale. It‘s a coming-of-age/quest story, with ancient magic, an enchanted forest, long-forgotten standing stones, and some wonderful themes of love and family and friendship. I also really appreciated the understated representation, with women included both as soldiers & guards as well as in the bandit horde. And I‘m liking this #bookrainbow, courtesy of a prism in the window! #makemereadit book 4 complete!

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BarbaraJean
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Starting #makemereadit book 4. This is book 3 out of the 4 I brought with me on vacation—and I‘ve still got a week before we head home. 😱 I may have to resort to Hoopla and Libby to tide me over. Or, you know: buy some more books. 😏 (Confession: I already bought one for myself while doing some swap shopping yesterday!)

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up: road trip read!

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Abby2
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Good book for middle grade. Magic and happy ending.

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witchynarcoleptic
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Too much homework means escaping with YA.

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BarbaraJean
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I don‘t have any pumpkins or skulls on my shelves (not directly, anyway), but I have quite a few witches. The tagged book is from my #TBR... a random ARC gifted by my used-bookstore-working friend. Then I connected the author with The Girl Who Drank the Moon and it got pushed up much higher in the pile!
#riotgrams #SkullsPumpkinsWitches

BarbaraJean @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It has such a great cover! I liked this one, but bogged down in the second book. I may try again someday, but I don‘t know that I‘ll re-read this one. Would you like to have my copy?! It‘s a used paperback and nothing special, but I‘d be happy to send it to you! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraJean really??!! Yes! I would love it!!! That‘s so sweet!!! 2y
BarbaraJean @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh, absolutely! I‘d love to send it to a good home! Email me your address - to bjhillaker at gmail - and I‘ll drop it in the mail for you. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraJean thank you soooo much!!! I emailed you 😘❤️ 2y
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Peaceful_Reader
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The boys' mother heard the muttering, but did not respond. People would think what they liked, and would likely think wrong. This was nothing new. ~perfect read the night before a solar eclipse.

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Tsubame
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I was about to put the book down and then realized how much I like its spine ♥️
The writing is wonderful and focuses all on the characters, their relationships and emotions, rather than on world-building and I enjoy that a lot. It's not the kind of book you can't put down, but that makes it a very relaxed read and the story moves still quickly.

Tsubame @Onioons You really should read it, because the girl and you have the same name 😉 3y
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Tsubame
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Looking forward to cuddle up with the Witch's Boy now. I have high hopes for it!

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amma-keep-reading
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I liked it. I can't articulate, the why of it but I did. Maybe it's because I'm always a sucker for stories about underdogs overcoming the odds.

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Notmacaroniandcheese
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A good benefit of helping grandma with a yard sale is that she gives you a portion of her profits so you can get a new book and bookmark.
Maybe I'll add this to the #24in48 tbr pile.