Parents' Guide to

The Witch's Boy

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting, moving magical adventure explores love and greed.

The Witch's Boy Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (4 ):

THE WITCH'S BOY manages to be both an action-filled page-turner and a thought-provoking, emotional story. Ned and Áine each deal with difficult situations that will make readers empathize with the painful choices they have to make. Especially intriguing is how author Kelly Barnhill makes us root for each of them, even when they seem to be at odds with each other.

Infused with humor and a casually nonsexist cast of characters (the teams of soldiers and bandits are made up of both men and women), this is that wonderful kind of middle-grade fantasy in which the darkness of death and sadness is balanced with the power of hope, love, and friendship.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate