The Hidden Witch by Molly Know Ostertag
Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn’t a shapeshifter. He’s taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family.
Meanwhile, Aster’s friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own — a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people — normal and magical alike — get hurt.
Boy, I definitely have been on a Middle Grade and Graphic Novels frenzy all of a sudden, oh well. I am reading other books and have read other books but alas somehow my reviews have piled up.
This gem arrived on Halloween to make my night so much better (the sudden graphic novels extravaganza is because they’re great for bed time reading). As you may know, I have already reviewed the first one which is The Witch Boy.
This story introduces someone new to the town and it is a foster child. Now, this is something that I don’t usually see in graphic novels, so it was interesting to see and it worked into the narrative.
It was also interesting to see the journey of trying to fix the wrongs that had been done by Grandmother and the whole “boys can’t be witches, women can’t shapeshift”. And considering it has been a big change to have Aster join the girls, and the fact that this isn’t going as well as planned (I feel so much for him, poor Aster). It felt well done as a story, I loved the “redemption arc” of the story. It wasn’t a “plot twist” because this isn’t about a pot twist, but rather about a wholesome story that empowers everyone.
That is exactly what you get, the dream “Scholastic Catalog” graphic novel. The one young me would’ve loved to see arrive, and to be honest, even adult me loves it too.
This whole series. The Witch Boy was great and The Hidden Witch doesn’t disappoint either. I won’t bore you with all my recent witchy reads, but go have a quick look on my reviews, there’s a lot to choose from.