The Real Boy

The Real Boy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062015082
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 237,508
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, which Kirkus Reviews called a "transforming testament to the power of friendship" in a starred review, and was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly,, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was an NPR Backseat Book Club featured selection. She was also the recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Award in Children's Literature. Anne teaches at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and four cats—monster fighters, all.

Erin McGuire is an illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels, including Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, the Nancy Drew Diaries series, and Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant. When not drawing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and camping. Erin lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two cats. Visit her online at

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The Real Boy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Anne Ursu took one or two aspects from an old story and spun a brand new fairy tale. The Real Boy is about a magician's hand, Oscar, who doesn't fit in with everyone else. He's odd, and he knows it. Through an unexpected friendship with the healer's apprentice, Oscar begins to unearth secrets about the island he calls home. What he finds changes the way he views magic, and the world, forever. Magic, something that started out so beautiful, turned ugly in the face of greed and selfishness. Disrespect for magic's power and disregard of ancestral warnings are among the many pitfalls of the magic smiths. Ursu gives us a cautionary tale to never let a hunger for wealth, fame, knowledge, power, or anything else, override what you know in your heart to be right. Ursu's heartfelt novel is beautifully crafted. Adults may enjoy the book more than children, but either way, it's a wonderful story with a great message. Content: A couple of scary scenes/fantasy violence, but I consider this clean.
noniereads More than 1 year ago
Yea for Oscar! This book had me cheering for Oscar as he catapulted to heroism from his humble, unsure-of-himself stature as a ."helper" to Caleb, a magician in the Barrow. With the help of new found friend Callie, Oscar discovers why he is shy, different and not an ordinary person. Knowing the truth he is able to confront evil powers at work on his island and become a true healer in his community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story idea was good, it reminded me of other fantasy books I have read. I also think the author tried to cram too many ideas into the story line at one time. In other words, too busy. I think if she slowed down, it could have been one long, great story. Just what I'd want.
Jessica---Fly_to_Fiction More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was actually introduced to it through Dahlia's Book Club, and I decided to listen to this instead since finding time to read in college is hard. There's so much depth to Oscar, and I love the exploration of identity and what it means to be human and to be growing up. Growing up can be so hard and so isolating for anyone, but social interaction is particularly difficult for Oscar. I also really enjoyed Callie as a character and how she is one of the few people to see through everything that prevent people from really getting to know or care about Oscar. Their friendship is so beautiful and so important and shows how important acceptance and love are, how much someone can change your life. The world was really interesting, and I loved the premise of the story. I thought the story carried itself well, and I almost always wanted to keep listening. I'm still getting used to listening to audiobooks, but this wasn't particularly difficult to get into. I was glad there weren't long descriptions, but there were also so many times where I found it difficult to get any image of the setting. Like I know what the places are called, but it was still difficult to visualize much that wasn't the forest or garden. The ignorance of the people also bothered me beyond belief. As much as it could be realistic, I don't see how everyone could just be brainwashed to forget simply because they were scared...but maybe that's because I never lived through something like that. My other biggest problem with the book was how quickly so many seemingly important characters just left the story, from Master Caleb to Wolf to Madame something (the one who Callie was working under) to the baker. There was so little exploration of these characters, and maybe the author didn't find that important, but it's such a shame. But overall, I enjoyed the book, and it was worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I llove this book and did not want it to end. The lead character is unusual in a way one does not immediatly realize. If you love cats and can relate to someone who does not quite fit in, you will enjoy this whether or not you are a fan of fantasy books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart-warming, Unique, and Unexpected I LOVED this book. Loved, loved, loved. It helped that Oscar was totally off-kilter, that he couldn't understand the world around him, and that his innocence was endearing. Some stories bring you emotionally along a path but don't quite make the full circle. This was the opposite. It sealed the deal and connected 100%. Magic and fantasy meld perfectly (and evenly) into a journey of self-discovery and awareness.  This goes on my top shelf of recommended reads for any age group or audience. Those of you who can't remember what it's like to be a kid, you're in for an expedition through first and new experiences. If you've ever felt out of place in the world, this is the book for you.
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