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They call him Lump. Ugly, misshapen -- more goblin than human child -- abandonedas an infant and taken in by a witch, he is nursed by a bear, tutored by a djinn; his only playmates are the creatures of the forest, whose language he learns to speak.

But when Lump inevitably stumbles into the human world, his innocence is no match for the depths of people's cruelty, which turns his heart to stone, and fuels a vengeance that places him and his witch mother in deadly peril. Yet these disasters also send Lump on a journey of self-discovery, to realms deep within the earth and far beyond mortal imagination.

In this stunning fantasy debut, Michael Gruber has created a world that is at once deceptively familiar and stunningly original, a world of cruelty, beauty, legend, truth, and above all, wonder. Readers will delight in the author's ingenious retelling of classic fairy tales and will marvel at the stunning new tale of a boy raised by a witch, a cat, a bear, and a demon.

Praise for The Witch's Boy

"Intertwined with fairy tales….the plot is clever, the characters interesting. The strong voice and twisted variations of old tales will appeal to anyone who likes fairy–tale retellings."
-- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Brilliantly woven." 
-- The Guardian

-- London Times

"This astonishing fantasy plumbs the depths of the human heart and lays bare its emotions." 
-- Booklist (starred review)

Awards for The Witch's Boy

  • ALA Notable Children's Book

  • ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults