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