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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Ursu Narrator: Chris Sorensen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9780062303431
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On an island on the edge of an immense sea there is a city, a forest, and a boy. The city is called Asteri, a perfect city saved by the magic woven into its walls when a devastating plague swept through the world years before. The forest is called the Barrow, a vast wood of ancient trees that encircles the city and feeds the earth with magic. And the boy is called Oscar, a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow, who spends his days in the dark cellar of his master's shop grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island. Oscar's world is small, but he likes it that way. The real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite fit in it.

But it's been a long time since anyone who could call himself a wizard walked the world, and now that world is changing. Children in the city are falling ill; something sinister lurks in the forest. Oscar has long been content to stay in his small room, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the trees will keep his island safe. Now, even magic may not be enough to save it.

Anne Ursu has written an unforgettable story of transformation and belonging—a spellbinding tale of the way in which the power we all wield, great and small, lies in the choices we make.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Real Boy is an engaging fable about what happens when people reject real life in favor of pleasure, of magic. I enjoyed it very much.”

    Nancy Farmer, National Book Award–winning author of The House of the Scorpion

  • “Lovely and sophisticated…Rich with beautiful, heady notions that demand to be lingered over.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Anne Ursu has created a brilliant fantasy, alive with the smells and sights and sounds of a place both familiar and strange—but the true magic of The Real Boy lies in the powerful friendship that grows between Callie and Oscar. A joy to read.”

    Linda Urban, author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect

  • “Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets.”

    Franny Billingsley, author of The Folk Keeper

  • Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
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About the Author
Author Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of the three middle-grade novels that comprise the Cronus Chronicles trilogy: The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire. She teaches at Hamline University's MFA program in Writing for Children and is a lifelong Minnesota Twins fan. Anne lives in Minneapolis with her son and cats.

About the Narrator

Chris Sorensen is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of Brian Lies’ Bats at the Beach, Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Sent. Other narrations include Patricia Wood’s Lottery and Jodi Picoult’s Songs of the Humpback Whale, among many others.