Half Bad by Sally Green
Our Review: Half Bad by Sally Green
As an adult who only occasionally ventures into Young Adult reading, I was excited by Half Bad. Although firmly set in the supernatural world (as all good teen books seem to be), there is not a vampire in sight!
This debut novel from UK author Sally Green comes with high expectations, having been sold into 27 languages in just three months and with film rights being sold before the book was even released, and it does not disappoint. It’s a fast-paced, captivating story of Nathan, the child of a black and a white witch in a world where white is good, black is evil and there is no in between. We first meet Nathan as a prisoner in a cage from which he must escape before his 16th birthday if he is to become a full-fledged witch.
Half Bad is an action-packed tale with plenty to keep the pages turning, but it also delves into interesting ideas about those in society who are seen as different. In fact Nathan’s interactions with the Council of White Witches of England, Scotland and Wales, with their increasingly restrictive Notifications, are reminiscent of the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. And the treatment of him as a child of mixed blood echoes stories from Apartheid South Africa, or closer to home, the history of our own Indigenous people. And that is why this book is so great – it tells a fascinating story that will have you on the edge of your seat, but it also touches on some deeper important issues.
Review by Andi Lawson Moore @ Great Escape Books