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By Kelly Barnhill

“This spellbinding delusion begs for a comfortable chair and several other hours of uninterrupted analyzing time.” —The Washington Post

while Ned and his exact dual brother tumble from their raft right into a raging river, in basic terms Ned survives. Villagers are confident the incorrect boy lived. around the woodland that borders Ned’s village, Áine, the daughter of the Bandit King, is haunted by way of her mother’s final phrases: “The improper boy will store your lifestyles, and you'll retailer his.” while the Bandit King involves scouse borrow the magic Ned’s mom, a witch, is intended to guard, Áine and Ned meet. Can they belief one another lengthy adequate to move a perilous enchanted woodland and forestall the warfare approximately to boil over among their kingdoms?

“Barnhill is a fantasist at the order of Neil Gaiman.” —Minneapolis famous person Tribune

“[The Witch’s Boy] should still open younger readers’ eyes to anything that's throughout them within the very international we are living in: the magic of words.” —The manhattan Times

“This is a ebook to treasure.” —Nerdy booklet Club

A Washington submit Best ebook of 2014
A Publishers Weekly top booklet of 2014
A Kirkus studies Best Children’s ebook of 2014
A Chicago Public Library “Best of the easiest” 2014

 

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It used to be an historic image for her mother’s relations. She had helped her father drill it into the boulder herself. She had tied the small barge to the loop herself. The barge used to be an analogous, the rock used to be a similar, yet this element of the river she had by no means prior to noticeable. How did a barge and a rock movement from one component of the river to the opposite? She didn’t be aware of, and she or he didn’t need to know. The woodland was once performing unusual, simply as her father did. while would it not finish? ) She stepped onto the barge and waited for the boy and wolf to affix her. “We can’t cross far—I’ve visible the maps, and I’m beautiful certain there are waterfalls forward, and it'll be darkish quickly. yet we will make headway with no leaving indicators. ” “A glove! ” they heard a voice shout from very distant. “He is close to! ” Ned seemed down at his fingers and discovered that one in every of his gloves had fallen off as he ran. He hadn’t spotted. Áine shook her head. “Some people,” she growled, “do now not deserve the lifestyles that has been talented them. Say not anything and climb aboard. we won't wait one other moment. ” Shamefaced, Ned stepped onto the raft. there have been poles set diagonally at the barge. Ned grabbed one and commenced pushing them into the water. His palms have been slick with sweat. (They had packed meat pies and tough rolls and apples from the tree out again. that they had their mother’s well-known ginger beer in a small barrel that they carried among them. His brother. at the final day of his lifestyles. after which the raft broke. ) Ned felt his knees begin to shake and his middle flutter in his throat. “What? ” Áine requested, a observe of scorn in her voice. “You’re now not frightened of the river are you? ” “N-no,” Ned acknowledged, wrinkling his brow to make himself glance braver and extra decided. He didn’t be aware of if it labored. within, he felt his stomach flip to water, yet he grew to become his face clear of Áine lest she see. The wolf leaped onto the ground of the craft, urgent itself opposed to the wooden and resting its head on its paws. It didn’t love it, however it didn’t are looking to be left, that a lot was once noticeable. “D-don’t be s-scared,” Ned whispered. The phrases had energy. simply announcing them made him suppose braver. Ned confronted the river and didn’t recoil as they driven their craft into the water and slid round the bend into the darkening eco-friendly. 32 The Stones They have been conscious, the 9 Stones jointly. “It’s a nasty enterprise, that’s what this is,” the 6th Stone acknowledged. “You mark my phrases, we will rue this present day eternally. ” The youngest Stone determined to disregard him. What did he recognize, besides? “The boy is in pain,” the second one Stone acknowledged. “His discomfort is inflicting the magic to scatter and fuss. At each second it's a growing number of at odds with itself. it truly is now not one. it truly is many. And whereas the boy’s ache disrupts the magic—it feels what he feels, after all—it is the magic that's inflicting the soreness. The terrible factor. The bad, negative factor. ” “The boy is an idiot,” the 5th acknowledged, slightly stifling her yawn. “We’ve positioned our hopes in others before—men and ladies of studying and gear, them all. How the lot of you're getting your hearts racing over this little idiot is past me.

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