The Hidden Witch
Aster is finally training as a witch, but he is so behind. He connects with his grandmother to learn more about spells and healing. His non-magical friend, Charlie, meets a new friend at school, Ariel, who is distrusting of Charlie’s friendly overtures. Ariel, a witch, sends a fetch, a cursed part of herself, in pursuit of Charlie. Charlie runs from her home to evade the fetches’ reach. When Charlie meets up with Aster the next morning, Aster is able to apply his new healing skills to her scrapes and scratches. Grandmother shares some insight into the consequences of releasing a fetch, but in order to save Ariel, Aster may have to help Grandmother with a favor, one he won’t like at all.
Ostertag’s sequel to The Witch Boy continues Aster’s difficulty in breaking out of his gender role so he can train to be a witch, previously a girl’s only role. His willingness to work hard pays off in his ability to help others, making him likable and ambitious. This story’s multiple sub-plots bring a richness to a story that illustrates the author’s storytelling talent. Those who like magic infused into their graphic novels will enjoy this series.
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|Author||Molly Knox Ostertag • Molly Knox Ostertag, Illustrator|
|Page Count||208 pages|
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