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Half Bad by Sally Green
  

Half Bad

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Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015. Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015.

Important questions are posed in this richly imagined and fast-paced supernatural thriller with big themes at its heart. Nathan lives in a world that is very similar to our own. But it has one very big difference: there is a record kept of all the witches that are alive. Everyone must be classified as White, Black or Fain/ Non-Witch. White and Black witches are divided into ferociously hostile factions with notorious skirmishes between the two. Only one thing unites the two sides: fear of a boy with an inheritance from both sides. That boy is Nathan…Nathan’s mixed parentage makes him impossible to classify and it makes him dangerous. Soon everyone is after Nathan. Is he a hero or an outcast? And can he survive? ~ Julia Eccleshare

This thrilling YA debut (rights now sold in 42 territories!) will do for witches what Twilight did for vampires… In fact, film rights have already been snapped up by the company that made the Cullens famous.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Half Bad a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Nathan, a witch half white, half black. Even among witches to survive you must be white or black. Nathan struggles to survive in a world where no one accepts him...This is such a fantastic read I can’t wait for the sequel' Sean Keaveny.

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Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review Half Bad.   You can read their reviews below.

 

Emily Passmore  - 'From the first chapter, this book is totally enthralling and this continues throughout. Really, really, really good!' Click Here to read the full review.

Sophie Bridges -
'It is a very good book about witches and a little bit of fighting, a little bit of love, and a little bit about the family.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Belinda Bekheit - 'Truly a tale for our times and an excellent page-turner.  I would thoroughly recommend this for 12+ readers.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Lewis Duckworth - 'a fantastic fantasy novel written by a talented writer...Personally I love this book.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Liam Pickering - 'This book was written with deep feelings for the despairing black witch. I would definately reccomend it to anyone around my age especially people who have a big imagination.'Click Here to read the full review.

 

Sean Keaveny  - 'Nathan, a witch half white, half black. Even among witches to survive you must be white or black. Nathan struggles to survive in a world where no one accepts him...This is such a fantastic read I can’t wait for the sequel!' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Imogen Breaks  - 'An exciting novel about a young boy born into a family of different witches, with twists and turns on every page. Green makes you feel you are on Nathan's journey with him every step of the nailbiting way.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Adam Pattenden  - 'A gripping mix of sorcery, survival and teenage struggle.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Josh Hall - 'Not really my style. Interesting in places but mainly difficult to read and slightly pointless at times.' Click Here to read the full review.

Synopsis

Half Bad by Sally Green

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.

Meet sixteen year old Nathan, on the run from the White witches who tortured him and the family that betrayed him. His only hope is to find his father, the most evil Black witch or he will lose his magic forever. This is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. Set in a modern world inhabited by covert witches, Black and White: factions divided by hatred and united by only one thing – fear of a boy descended from both sides.

If you've tired of the Vampire World then you'll find new thrills in Half Bad.

HALF BAD is a parallel universe occupied by witches, where light and dark, good and evil are in continuous flux. It is a journey into adulthood, whereby Nathan must find himself, and his place in the world. A journey of discovery that will lay bare the best and the worst of humankind. www.halfbadworld.com

Reviews

A book about witches with no owls and not a pair of round spectacles in sight. The new Hunger Games,I suspect... Brilliant and utterly compelling - I loved it. * Kate Atkinson, author of Life after Life and Behind the Scenes of the Museum * Teens rejoice: the inheritor to Stephenie Meyer's crown has arrived. * Fiona Wilson, The Times * Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written, Half Bad grips you from the first page and doesn't let go. * Michael Grant, author of Gone * A brilliant debut that is both deeply unique and unsettling, one that chilled me to the bone and broke my heart even as I sped through its pages. This will haunt you. * Marie Lu, author of Legend * Take our word for it, this book is going to be huge. * Stylist * Brilliantly paced with more than a few nasty surprises, Half Bad is a wickedly addictive read that will capture the imagination of any fan of YA fiction. * Starburst * Not since the Harry Potter books - yes, I said it! - have I felt so fully immersed in an author's creation... I couldn't be more stoked over Half Bad, and this launch novel of a trilogy truly deserves all the hype surrounding it - and much more... * Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books *


About the Author

Sally Green

Sally Green lives in north-west England with her husband and son. She has had various jobs and even a profession but in 2010 she discovered a love of writing and now just can’t stop. She used to keep chickens, makes decent jam, doesn't mind ironing, loves to walk in Wales even when it's raining, and will probably never jog again. She really ought to drink less coffee.

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Publication date

3rd March 2014

Author

Sally Green

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780141350868

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