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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.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on September 24, 2013 by Walden Pond Press
ISBN-10: 0062015079
ISBN-13: 9780062015075
3 Book Reviews
  • iamrobot
    iamrobotThursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:13 pm55 starsFeatured
    The real boy is about a boy named Oscar. Oscar lives on an island in a place called the Barrow, where he is the hand for the greatest magician in the barrow, Caleb. Oscar is shy around many other people. There is also a city near the Barrow called Asteri, but the people living inside the Barrow call it The Shining City. The people in Asteri are supposed to be perfect. The problem in the story is the City children are getting sick. Also, something is stealing magical things from the marketplace. Find out how Oscar deals with these problems by reading the book. I think the lesson of this story is to use your own power to deal wit problems without things like magic to help you. If you like books about magic, this is the perfect book for you.
    • shinningboy234
      shinningboy234Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:59 am55 stars
      Why is the name of this book The Real Boy? Is Oscar even a human? Read the book to find out!
      • ikyra_marie
        ikyra_marieSunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:17 am
        cool!