The Witch's Boy

The Witch's Boy

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
When a Bandit King comes to take the magic that Ned's mother, a witch, is meant to protect, the stuttering, weak boy villagers think should have drowned rather than his twin summons the strength to protect his family and community, while in the woods, the bandit's daughter puzzles over a mystery that ties her to Ned.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616203511
Branch Call Number: BAR J
Characteristics: 372 pages : map ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 28, 2019

I discovered Kelly Barnhill recently, when a friend gave me a copy of "Dreadful Young Ladies and other stories", which I absolutely loved. I have since read two other books (including this one) and have two more waiting on my shelves.

The premise, the world building, and the story are all good. The problem I had was that the characters all seemed to hold each other at arm's length. Because the relationships seemed so emotionally distant, it was difficult for me to connect with the characters. I felt that there was so much more to the story that was never revealed to us.

Jul 26, 2017

My detailed review is on my blog at

This was such a great book and I will have to look into others written by this author. It is very dark because it focuses a lot on death and people dying, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing and is something that older children need to learn about. If not comfortable letting your child read this, it may be a good one to read together and discuss. I think this book is most appropriate for children who are probably 10 and older. It is a terrific story that I wouldn’t mind reading again!

JCLCourtneyS Feb 14, 2017

I read this because I had previously picked up The Girl Who Drank the Moon and loved it. The Witch's boy has the same storytelling greatness in it, and the characters are similarly well-drawn, but I liked The Girl Who Drank the Moon better. I wonder, though, if that would've been the case if I had read them in the opposite order.

Oct 11, 2016

I loved this story. Compelling characters who are well above the ordinary, with danger, adventure and the need for courage on almost every page. Also, it is very well written. The prose is lyrical and flows effortless through the story. I give this one two thumbs up - twice.

Jul 11, 2015

One of the best books I have ever read. Kelly Barnhill shows that magic is something not to be messed with, in a thrilling tale.

Nov 04, 2014

I was equal parts heartbroken and hopeful while reading this book. It is a beautiful tale of loss, obsession and redemption. I would recommend it for readers who understand and appreciate that fairy tales are dark and tragic with only touches of sweetness. Mature, intelligent and with protagonists that are impossible not to fall in love with.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at TSCPL

To Top