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Half Wild
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Half Wild
Half Bad Trilogy, Book 2
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"You will have a powerful Gift, but it's how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run—but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

The Half Bad trilogy has been translated into 47 languages. TIME Magazine calls it "highly entertaining and dangerously addictive." Kate Atkinson says it's "brilliant and utterly compelling." London's Daily Telegraph has named author Sally Green "the new J.K. Rowling." Discover the story that readers all over the world are raving about.

"You will have a powerful Gift, but it's how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run—but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

The Half Bad trilogy has been translated into 47 languages. TIME Magazine calls it "highly entertaining and dangerously addictive." Kate Atkinson says it's "brilliant and utterly compelling." London's Daily Telegraph has named author Sally Green "the new J.K. Rowling." Discover the story that readers all over the world are raving about.

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  • ATOS:
    4.5
  • Lexile:
    650
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3

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Excerpts-
  • From the book

    A New Day

    a crossbill calls

    another bird replies, not a crossbill

    the first bird takes over again

    and again

    the crossbill—

    shit, it's morning

    i've been asleep

    it's morning, very early

    shit, shit, shit

    need to wake up need to wake up

    can't believe i've been asl—

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    SHIT!

    the noise is here. HERE!

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    that level of noise means, oh shit, someone with a mobile is close. very close. i can't believe i've been asleep with hunters on my tail. and her. the fast one. she was close last night.

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    THINK! THINK!

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    it's a mobile phone, for sure it's a mobile phone. the noise is in my head, not in my ears, it's to the upper right side, inside, constant, like an electrical interference, pure hiss, mobile hiss, loud, three-or-four-meters-away loud.

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    ok, right, lots of people have mobiles. if it's a hunter, that hunter, and she could see me, i'd be dead by now.

    i'm not dead.

    she can't see me.

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    the noise isn't getting louder. she's not moving closer. but she's not moving away either.

    am i hidden by something?

    i'm lying on my side, face pressed into the ground. totally still. can't see anything but earth. got to move a little.

    but not yet. think first.

    stay calm and work it out.

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    there's no breeze, no sun, just a faint light. it's early. the sun must be behind the mountain still. the ground is cool but dry, no dew. there's the smell of earth and pine and . . . there's another smell.

    what is that smell?

    and there's a taste.

    a bad taste.

    it tastes like . . . oh no—

    don't think about it

    don't think about it

    don't think about it

    don't think about it

    think about something else

    Think about where you are.

    c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h c h

    You're lying on the ground, in the early morning, and the air is cool. You're cold. You're cold because . . . you're...

Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 12, 2015
    This riveting second entry in Green’s Half Bad trilogy continues the story of Nathan, the outcast child of Black and White Witches, as he struggles to find his bearings amid a deadly power struggle in the witch world. Simultaneously, Nathan attempts to control his newfound magical Gifts and comprehend the prophecy that claims he will kill his father, Marcus, the most feared Black Witch in Europe. Along with a handful of (mostly) trustworthy allies, Nathan sets out to rescue love interest Annalise, who has been trapped in a deathlike coma, and becomes involved in the formation of a tentative alliance of Black and White Witches, sworn to overthrow the corrupt Council. Although this tale has some of the weaknesses inherent in bridge novels (despite explanatory references to events in Half Bad, readers will need to start with that book), it features the same powerful language, well-developed characters, fascinating magic, and harrowing action sequences as its predecessor and will leave its readers anxiously awaiting the final volume. Ages 12–up. Agent: Claire Wilson, Rogers, Coleridge & White.

  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2015
    After he's abandoned once again by his infamous Black Witch father (Half Bad, 2013), Nathan grapples with his new, unruly magical gift and risks everything to save his true love.Nathan hides in the woods outside Mercury's cottage, waiting for his friend Gabriel to return and ever watchful for the Hunters nearby that seek to kill him. Though he's quite sure Gabriel is dead, he can't bring himself to leave. Instead, he daydreams of Annalise, who is trapped in a deathlike sleep, and he wrestles with the gift his father, Marcus, gave him: Nathan can transform into an animal, a bloodthirsty, uncontrollable animal that feels entirely separate from himself when he's changed. When a stranger appears offering to help him, Nathan's luck suddenly turns. Soon, he's reunited with old friends and introduced to a new alliance of all witches-Black, White and Half Blood-determined to bring down the monstrous leader of the Council, Soul O'Brien. As Nathan embraces the newfound wildness of his gift, he changes in visceral, satisfying ways. But reuniting with the ones he loves the most provides the most shocking catalyst of all. Green delivers vibrant characters, and Nathan's relationships arc in thrilling highs and lows. The start of his journey feels slow and too safe, but the climax ushers in a bloody, unforgettable cliffhanger. A character-driven page-turner offering both emotional depth and gory thrills. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

    COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2015

    Gr 9 Up-The second book in Green's trilogy picks up the story shortly after the conclusion of Half Bad (2014). Nathan has escaped from the Hunters again, and is living alone in the forest. Although he has received his magical ability from his father, Marcus (a powerful Black Witch), he still doesn't know how to control it. He's angry and frustrated, and worried that he'll end up more like Marcus than like his White Witch mother. As well as his internal struggles, the physical battle between Black Witches and White Witches begins in earnest here, and many of the characters from the previous installment are involved. Readers may have difficulty keeping track of the large cast. Like many stories of good versus evil, family, friendship, and trust are key themes. Stubborn Nathan learns about all of these the hard way, and the author's strong writing and the engaging plot will keep teens intrigued. Scenes of graphic violence make this title appropriate for older readers. It's essential to have read Half Bad to understand this volume, and readers who enjoyed it will devour this sequel. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy.-Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach Public Library, Los Alamitos, CA

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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