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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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National Book Award Longlist * Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book of the Year

"Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets."—Franny Billingsley, author of Chime

The Real Boy, Anne Ursu's follow-up to her widely acclaimed and beloved middle grade fantasy Breadcrumbs, is a spellbinding tale of the power we all wield, great and small.

On an island on the edge of an immense sea there is a city, a forest, and a boy named Oscar. Oscar is a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the village, and spends his days in a small room in the dark cellar of his master's shop grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island generations ago. 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 now that world is changing. Children in the city are falling ill, and something sinister lurks in the forest. Oscar has long been content to stay in his small room in the cellar, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the forest will keep his island safe. Now even magic may not be enough to save it.

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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

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 Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program and is a lifelong Minnesota Twins fan. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and cats.

About the Narrator

Chris Sorenson has worked extensively as an actor, playwright, and screenwriter. He studied at the Rutgers Professional Actor Training Program and is an original member of the Present Company, producers of FringeNYC. The Thin Air Theatre Company of Colorado considers him their playwright-at-large and have produced ten of his plays over the past eleven years. His screenplays The Roswell Project and Classic Rock are both currently in production, and his horror script Suckerville is currently in development. He has received three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and his recording of Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix was selected by AudioFile as one of the Best Audiobooks of 2010.