Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad

bySally Green

Paperback | January 13, 2015

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“An enthralling fantasy in the Harry Potter tradition.”— Time magazine

“A bewitching new thriller.” — The Wall Street Journal


In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?


In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

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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...
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Title:Half BadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.62 × 0.87 inPublished:January 13, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0147511461

ISBN - 13:9780147511461

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     Kieran says, “You know what this is, Connor?”     Connor has to think about it, but eventually says, “A hunting knife.”     “Yes. To be exact, it’s a French hunting knife. They make great knives, the French.Look at that blade.’     I squirm and grunt and curse them.     ‘Hold him still, Niall. The blade folds away beautifully into the handle. Great design.The Swiss go for all the fancy gadgets in their knives, but all you need is a goodblade.”     I hear the rip of my T-shirt and feel the cool air on my back. I buck and curse again.     “Hold him still.”     I feel the blade brushing over my back and now I hold still. The knife stops in themiddle of my left shoulder blade. The point goes in.     “I’ll start here. This half is the Black half, I’d say.”     And slowly the blade cuts down my back.

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Praise and accolades for Half Bad "Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine “Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times “Gripping.”—US Weekly “Bewitching.”—The Wall Street Journal“Captivating.”— Los Angeles Times "A page-turner."—The Boston Globe"An epic journey."—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and Sylo "Brilliant and utterly compelling." —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life"This will haunt you." —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend"Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written." —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone* "A thrilling tale . . . Unforgettable." —Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Marvelous." —Booklist, starred review* "A unique take on witches." —Library Media Connection, starred reviewA Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pickA 2014 Booklist Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for YouthA Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014 Holder of two Guinness World Records Optioned for film by FOX 2000 Rights sold in 50 international markets