Books I Read:
- Dramatically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
- The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
- Renegades by Marissa Meyer
- Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
- The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
- Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
- Stain by A. G. Howard
- Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
Books I Had Planned to Read:
- Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (Fierce Reads package)
- Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks (Fierce Reads package)
- The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhatena (Fierce Reads package)
- That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm (up for adoption)
- 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz (vine)
You can also see what I read in August.
Thirteen-year-old Aster leads a secluded life on the compound he and his extended family call home. The family has everything they need and is far away from prying eyes which is important since Aster’s family is magic. For generations this magic has been simple: girls become witches while boys become shapeshifters.
Aster desperately wants to be a witch despite his family telling him again and again (and again) that it’s impossible for a boy to learn witchery. Aster doesn’t care and keeps studying and practicing in secret.
When Aster meets Charlie–a new girl in town who refuses to let anyone else define her–Aster knows he has to keep following his dreams in The Witch Boy (2017) by Molly Knox Ostertag.
The Witch Boy is the start of Ostertag’s middle grade graphic novel series which continues in The Hidden Witch.
Ostertag’s full color illustrations are approachable and vivid. Panels are full of motion and varied design (complete with witchery runes!) that draw readers through the comic. Entertaining characters and strong friendships more than make up for an otherwise slight (and sometimes not subtle) plot.
The Witch Boy is a great graphic novel for readers of all ages with a message of inclusion that is much needed and very welcome.
Possible Pairings: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks, Frogkisser! by Garth Nix, The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill, The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang