Half Bad

Half Bad

Sally Green

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670016785
  • 416  Pages
  • Viking Children’s Books
  • Teen


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.


A Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List pick

“[A] grim and thrilling tale . . . an unforgettable protagonist” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A horrifying, compelling trilogy that pushes the boundaries of what we believe to be good and evil. . . . Nathan’s survival is tenuous and marvelous—and only just beginning.” —Booklist, starred review

“Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive” —Time

“Energetic, gripping” —School Library Journal

“Nathan’s harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel.” —Kirkus Reviews