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The Real Boy

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.

Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, Breadcrumbs, a contemporary retelling of “The Snow Queen,” and the three books in the “Chronus Chronicles series–The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire. Anne teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children, and lives in Minneapolis with her family. Find her online at www.anneursu.com.

'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

Published by Walden Pond Press an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers