An ALA Notable Book
“No one can tell that I am the son of an ox. Like my father, I am hardworking, and I have a stubborn, tenacious nature. But so do many pure humans...” In the mythic past, when people and animals lived side by side, were friends, married and had offspring, the oxboy would have been accepted and safe. But now he is an outcast and must hide his true identity—or die.
Anne Mazer’s stunning allegorical fantasy examines our relationship with nature—and our feelings about our own natures—as it reveals and challenges our deepest prejudices.
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
“An exquisitely told tale of a purely imaginary mythical world, whose ‘people’ and ‘animals’ are both disturbingly similar to, and quite different from, our own.... The Oxboy leaves one moved and edgy. In other words, it’s a really good book.”
“What happens to the oxboy will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.... a most significant novel.”
—The ALAN Review
Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novel Moose Street, and a picture book, The Salamander Room. She is the editor of the anthologies America Street, Going Where I'm Coming From, A Walk in My World, and Working Days.
Paperback / $6.95 (Can $9.99) / ISBN 978-0-89255-240-5 / 106 pages / Fiction