Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE WITCH’S BOY, by Kelly Barnhill

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The story: Ned’s family has kept the magic secret, and safe, for generations. But something beyond his power to control has awakened, and the magic has grown dangerous. It will take Ned–known in his village as the Wrong Boy, or the one who lived when his twin brother died–working together with the daughter of the Bandit King, to outrun the bandits who track them, awaken the Sleeping Stones, and defeat King Ott’s army as it mounts an invasion in the Lost Lands. Can the Wrong Boy, along with his wolf, really do all that…AND fulfill the prophecy spoken by Aine’s mother?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’re a patient reader, you’ll come to root for Ned as he struggles both with the unfamiliar magic, and with his own limitations. Aine is a strong female character who learns that she can do what’s right despite the personal cost; and what’s not to like about having a wolf as a sidekick?

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