Monday, January 4, 2016

Half Bad

Half Bad.  Green, Sally.  NY: Viking, c2014.  394 pages.

If you are a fan of books about witches, you should find this a good read.  In modern-day England, there is a constant struggle between white and black witches.  Although one would think black means "bad" when you see what the white witches do to 16-year-old Nathan, a boy with a white witch mother and a black witch father, you would wonder.  Though he has done nothing bad for his entire life, Nathan is kept in a cage, beaten, shackled, and trained to kill...his father!  He struggles to maintain his identity and vows he will never give in to their wishes.  Toss in a little romance when Annalise becomes his friend and more.  This is the first book in a trilogy.  The second books is called Half Wild, and the third book is Half Lost, to be published in March of 2016.  A lot of comparisons have been made to the Harry Potter books, but I personally don't see it.  The only similarity is that Harry is not treated very nicely by his guardians and his father figure is a mystery.  Perhaps when I read the whole series I may change my mind.  At any rate, I am anxious to find out what happens to Nathan and you will be too.

Recommended for grades 8 and above.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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