The Real Boy

The Real Boy

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"A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster"--

HARPERCOLL

National Book Award Longlist
2014 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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Spending his days working in the dark cellar of a powerful magician's shop, young misfit Oscar worries that the magic that has long protected his city is failing when children begin falling dangerously ill. By the award-winning author of Breadcrumbs. 100,000 first printing.
Spending his days working in the dark cellar of a powerful magician's shop, young misfit Oscar worries that the magic that has long protected his city is failing when children begin falling dangerously ill.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062015075
0062015079
Branch Call Number: J FICTION URSU...A
Characteristics: 341 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Erin - Illustrator

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CATLIN Apr 16, 2016

So good! Anne Ursu writes great stories!

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CatWarrior21
Feb 08, 2015

A simple, yet interesting book with tiny twists. Like BloomFree I'm also a cat lover, and enjoy Oscar's insights of the cats he lives with. I'm happy Oscar became friends with Callie.

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BloomFree
Jan 02, 2015

A simple yet deep book. If there were more pictures, this would make an excellent children's book to introduce them to the world.

As a cat lover, I enjoyed reading Oscar's insights and perceptions of the many cats he lived with. I am not clear if there is a friendship or romance with the young girl but it felt like a good example of a caring and healthy relationship.

Blue_Cheetah_345 Jun 24, 2014

A mysterious mist shrouded suspense

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Eleven-year-old Oscar likes the quiet routine of working for the magician, Master Caleb, where he can work with plants instead of people. When a plague strikes the city and a new magic prowls the island, Oscar’s world shatters. Now one small boy may hold the answers to saving the city.

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