The Real Boy

Coming Sept. 24 from Walden Pond Press...

The Real Boy, Anne Ursu's eagerly awaited follow-up to her widely acclaimed and beloved middle-grade fantasy Breadcrumbs.

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The Real Boy
by Anne Ursu

The Real Boy, Anne Ursu’s follow-up to her widely acclaimed and beloved middle-grade fantasy Breadcrumbs, is an unforgettable story of magic, faith, and friendship.

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.

About the Author: Anne Ursu

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Author Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, a contemporary retelling of “The Snow Queen,” and the three books in The Cronus Chronicles series—The Shadow ThievesThe Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire. She has also written two books for adult readers. Anne teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children, and lives in Minneapolis with her young son. Find her online at

Praise & Reviews

'The Real Boy' is an engaging fable about what happens when people reject real life in favor of pleasure, of magic. I enjoyed it very much.

Nancy Farmer, bestselling and multiple-award-winning author of 'The House of the Scorpion'

Anne Ursu has created a brilliant fantasy, alive with the smells and sights and sounds of a place both familiar and strange - but the true magic of 'The Real Boy' lies in the powerful friendship that grows between Callie and Oscar. A joy to read.

Linda Urban, author of 'A Crooked Kind of Perfect'

A good pick for fairy-tale fans.

Kirkus Reviews

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