Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his gruff mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of scary creatures that live in the Badlands - a hidden part of our world - which most people presume to exist only in fairytales and nightmares. 

But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy.

When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones knows it's his chance to find out where he came from and discover who he really is.

But the truth Jones uncovers about his past isn’t what he’s expecting. Fulfilling his dream of becoming an ordinary boy is going to mean defeating a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won’t be able to do it alone…

…he’s going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he’s ever met.  She's outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she’s as good as any boy, meaning working together isn’t going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous.

But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it’s just wanting to be ordinary?


The Boy With One Name is published by Simon & Schuster

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