Author: Anne Ursu
Publication: September 23rd, 2013
Source: Local Library
Read: July 13th-18th, 2014
Summary (from Goodreads):
It has been a week since I finished this magical retelling of Pinocchio. It has taken me that long to form the words to describe this amazing book. I have also read Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and I liked Breadcrumbs, but I wanted more from that novel. I wanted more detail and more adventure. All that was missing in Breadcrumbs was put into The Real Boy and more.
Oscar is the shop boy working for one of the most powerful magician, Caleb. Oscar at times reminded me of Cinderella because he did chores, and he was mostly supposed to stay hidden from the customers especially the shining people which are the city people that have a lot of money. I love Oscar as a character because he had his weak qualities and his faults, he had stuff that he said he wasn't good at, but at the end of the day Oscar took risks and stuck his neck out for people. Then there is Callie who is a healer's apprentice. She is supposed to have the magic to heal, but Oscar knows more about herbs and healing people than she does.
With the two of them together they go on an adventure and to dangerous links to help the sick city children. Along the way they discover many secrets about the city children and what is making them sick. The Real Boy was an amazing novel. I loved the magic and the mystery in this book. The characters were also another bonus for me and how the author weaved Pinocchio's story into the novel I thought was great. The artwork in The Real Boy was great, but there wasn't a whole lot so it added to the magical feeling of this book. Definitely one of my favorites of this year, so I highly recommend The Real Boy.
The Real Boy was my June Random Read. The Real Boy was a magical fairy tale retelling of Pinocchio that I fell in love with and it will be on my favorites list of 2014.