416 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.27 in
March 4, 2014
Penguin Young Readers Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670016780
ISBN - 13: 9780670016785
Read from the Book
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.
From the Publisher
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.
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 and accolades for Half Bad
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine
“Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times
“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 review
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
A 2014 Booklist Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for Youth
A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014
A YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick
Holder of two Guinness World Records
Optioned for film by FOX 2000
Rights sold in 50 international markets