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Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1) (Hardcover)

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Set in modern-day London, there are two warring factions of witches determined to destroy each other. The “good” white witches have over the centuries systematically destroyed the “evil” black witches. Protagonist Nathan was illegitimately born of a white witch and his father, Marcus, is a most powerful and feared black witch—who has thus far evaded the executioners. Considered an abomination by the white witches, Nathan has been beaten, caged, and forced into becoming bait to capture his father. However, he must escape because he needs to find his father and receive three gifts to become a full-fledged witch.  It must happen before he turns seventeen or he will die. Sally Green manages to bring new depth and freshness to the classic themes of good vs. evil, forbidden love, and coming of age in the start of a trilogy that will continue to surprise and engage readers.

— From Katerina's Favorite Books


"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."--Time Magazine

An international bestseller, translated into more than 50 languages

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers--before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is monitored, when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

About the Author

Sally Green lives in north-west England. 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. Half Bad is her first novel.

Praise For…

A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick

"[A] grim and thrilling tale . . . an unforgettable protagonist" —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A horrifying, compelling trilogy that pushes the boundaries of what we believe to be good and evil. . . . Nathan's survival is tenuous and marvelous—and only just beginning." —Booklist, starred review

"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive" —Time

"Energetic, gripping" —School Library Journal

"Nathan’s harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670016785
ISBN-10: 0670016780
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 394
Language: English
Series: Half Bad Trilogy