The Witch Boy

The Witch Boy

Graphic Novel - 2017 | First edition.
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"In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted... and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family... and be truly himself
Publisher: New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338089516
133808951X
9781338089523
1338089528
Branch Call Number: J GN OSTERTAG
Characteristics: 210 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm

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FPL_Kayla Sep 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this graphic novel! I think what struck me most was the author's ability to use the situation of "magical identity" as an allegory. The feeling of not being allowed to express your true self certainly transcends the world of magic in this book and relates deeply with ou... Read More »


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FPL_Kayla Sep 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this graphic novel! I think what struck me most was the author's ability to use the situation of "magical identity" as an allegory. The feeling of not being allowed to express your true self certainly transcends the world of magic in this book and relates deeply with our own world today. This message was apparent throughout the story, but I never felt that the text became preachy or overt. I would recommend this graphic novel for 4th-7th graders.

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itsabear
Aug 20, 2020

I'm reading this with my 5 year old (after pre reading) and she's so into it. This is our first graphic novel so I'm adding a good amount of explaining and some words changed here and there, but we're both really enjoying it. There are other books in the series, but it's great as a stand alone too!

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teanahk
Jul 29, 2020

You should read this it's a very good graphic novel. The pictures looked good and the story was good.

~~ Reviewed by my kid

JCLCharlesH Jul 28, 2020

This gorgeous graphic novel by Molly Ostertag captures elements of magic, adventure, coming of age, gender identity, friendship, and family. This is done while still creating an engaging story that I didn't want to put down. It was recommended for fans of Harry Potter by the Reading Glasses podcast, and I would agree with their assessment.

In Aster's world, girls learn witchcraft and boys learn shapshifting. But all Aster wants is to learn witchcraft--and he has a knack for it. When boys start disappearing, Aster is the only one with the skills to find them.

Not only was the art beautiful in this book, but it is ultimately a book about learning to be yourself. And accepting yourself. Now I want to read more from Osterang because I loved this one so much!

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ArtistBettyAnne
Dec 18, 2019

The Witch Boy is an unapologetically forward story about embracing your differences regardless of the cultural norms others are impressing on you. My only quibble is that the story was SO straightforward, the reveal of the "mystery" antagonist was not particularly surprising. Also, while the story wrapped up nicely, it was also extremely fast-paced, which left it feeling more like a short story than a longer tale. This is a story that could have easily been fleshed out into a longer series with more character development. It's still worth reading and is a fantastic story.

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The_Zookeeper
Nov 16, 2019

I hope there is a second one coming, because this was a wonderful graphic novel.

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katmz
Nov 15, 2019

This is such a great graphic novel! The illustrations are fun and the color pallet sets a great mood of warm AND spooky. This is a story about the importance of friendship, forging your own path, and challenging and surpassing expectations and gender roles! I am hooked and am powering my way through the rest of the series. Love, love, love!

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Oct 23, 2019

Such a good story! I loved this one so much!

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pink_cheetah_2587
Aug 12, 2019

<3 <3

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ArtistBettyAnne
Dec 18, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the scenes of conflict with the antagonist become a little intense for younger audiences.

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