Author: Sally Green
Published: 2014 by Penguin Books
Read: October 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: I'd read an excerpt as part of a preview and it was enough of a teaser to make me buy the book
Full Disclosure: Purchased
Trivia Tidbit: Half Bad broke two Guinness World Records prior to publication: (a) the most translated book, and (b) the most translated children's book, by a debut author before publication.
This book covers the period of time from when Nathan is 14 until he comes of age at 17, when witches are given three gifts by a family member and welcomed as a full member of the community. Half Bad is about Nathan's turbulent journey through adolescence, exacerbated by his father's absence, his treatment as a pariah within the white witch community and his harsh treatment at the hands of the white council.
The story is an interesting twist on the witch genre, and while I remained engaged throughout, it became apparent reasonably early that this was part one of a series and it reads as such, which is a little disappointing. However, the story arc has potential, so I will be keeping an eye out for the sequel, Half Wild, in 2015.