The Real Boy (Anglais) Relié – Séquence inédite, 24 septembre 2013
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Revue de presse
“It’s all highly rewarding and involving, with a tight plot, resonant themes, a gripping adventure, a clearly limned fantasy landscape, and a sympathetic main character.” (The Horn Book)
“Deeply moving, with language powerful and true as a child’s voice. Grade: A.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Wholly unexpected with plot twists and turns you won’t see coming, no matter how hard you squint, Ursu’s is a book worth nabbing for your own sweet self. Grab that puppy up.” (Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ blog))
“There is such richness to this tale about a world seemingly falling apart. All of the fairy tale allusions. But in the end, The Real Boy is such a compelling fantasy story because of the two children who, amidst the chaos of their world, can help each other so much.” (Richie's Picks)
“Anne Ursu keeps readers turning the pages until the unexpected but satisfying ending of the story…. I believe this book will be around for a long, long time.” (Anita Silvey, Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac Anita Silvey, Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac)
“Anne Ursu’s The Real Boy is a fantasy in the truest, deepest sense: it illuminates the human experience by giving substance and shape to that which is otherwise intangible. Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets.” (Franny Billingsley, author of Chime)
“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)
“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, bestselling and multiple-award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion)
Présentation de l'éditeur
National Book Award Longlist
2014 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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Anne Ursu has a cheeky prose style. She writes often about cats; her prose sort of reminds me of a playful kitten batting the reader around. This way and that, always playful, sometimes painful!, and very good at winning the reader over. Ursu writes about all the cozy things that make literature - especially children’s literature - good: libraries, cats, cheese and bread, magic and spells, and magicians gone awry.
I know books thrive on conflict, but I almost wanted to read about one of Oscar’s normal, safe days, when he spends his time grinding plants or reading books. Ursu describes the trite in a way that makes the reader feel snuggled in a blanket.
Also, I loved little Oscar. He was so frightened and small and unsure; not your average hero, for sure. I just wanted to give him a hug the whole time and tell him that things would be alright.
I’m an adult! This book is for children! But it’s good, for anyone, because the words and story are worthwhile.
While Oscar may sound like other characters included in fantasy stories, there is one major difference. Unlike the majority of fantasy characters I have read about, Oscar is extremely shy and overwhelmed when placed in social situations. Although Anne Ursu never stated it in the book, I believe Oscar has a form of Asperger's Syndrome. Watching him grow as a character and befriend Callie made me even more intrigued by the story. I enjoyed watching him overcome his challenges. While Oscar would never be completely comfortable being in public, he does learn to face his fears with Callie's help.
Middle schools are filled with students possessing many different talents. Unfortunately, books written for this age group often portray middle school students as being the same. Anne Ursu wrote a story I wish more middle school students would read. Perhaps the book would help them to recognize that differences are not always bad. Oscar became a hero despite his challenges.
I highly recommend this book to middle school readers!
Magic, something that started out so beautiful, turned ugly in the face of greed and selfishness. Disrespect for magic's power and disregard of ancestral warnings are among the many pitfalls of the magic smiths. Ursu gives us a cautionary tale to never let a hunger for wealth, fame, knowledge, power, or anything else, override what you know in your heart to be right.
Ursu's heartfelt novel is beautifully crafted. Adults may enjoy the book more than children, but either way, it's a wonderful story with a great message.
Content: A couple of scary scenes/fantasy violence, but I consider this clean.
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